Posted by: gravessack | March 12, 2018

Twins Land Top Pitcher For A Bargain

Lance Lynn pitching in a game as a member of the St. Louis CardinalsAfter signing first baseman/DH Logan Morrison February 28, Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey expected to not sign any more players this off-season. That did not mean he would stop fielding calls. In a year when free agency is going at a snail’s pace, stars are accepting shorter deals than projected. The Twins have really taken advantage of this unique situation. Not satisfied with how the starting rotation looks, Falvey snatched up the ninth best 2017-2018 free agent, according to

After starting pitcher Lance Lynn declined a two-year, $20 million offer by the Twins last week, he kept talking to the club. When the chats ended, Lynn agreed to sign with Minnesota on March 10 for one year worth $12 million. That is a super sneaky deal that Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine constructed, since Lynn was projected to sign for $56 million in November. Without a doubt, players in Fort Myers were thrilled to see that the front office is still adding quality talent.

This will be Lynn’s seventh year in the major leagues. After being drafted by Seattle in 2005, he decided to forgo the opportunity and pitched college ball for three seasons. The 30-year-old re-entered the MLB Draft in 2008 and was chosen by St. Louis. 2011 was his first season in the majors, where he pitched in 18 games and had a 3.18 ERA. Quickly finding a groove, Lynn was selected to the All-Star Game the following year, when he went 18-7 while striking out 180. The Indiana native won at least 10 games during the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons, with a total of 546 strikeouts over those seasons.

Unfortunately for Lynn, he tore a ligament in his right elbow sometime in 2015 that required Tommy John surgery at year’s end. Even though he missed the entire 2016 season, Lynn bounced back and had a solid season last year. Not missing a beat, he started in 33 games and went 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA and 153 strikeouts. With a fastball-first approach, Lynn has always been a 10-win guy throughout his career. He has been a solid pitcher, as his overall record is 72-47, and has a career ERA of 3.38 and 919 strikeouts.

This signing really says that the Twins are in it to do damage in the American League. Falvey has signed a bunch of proven players that will drastically improve the pitching department. Lynn will undoubtedly join a pitching staff that consists of Jake Odorizzi, now-injured Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios and, apparently, Kyle Gibson. The rotation, especially when Santana returns towards the end of April, looks to be a splendid upgrade to years past when the Twins had to rely on Adalberto Mejia. We shall see if Lynn keeps pitching like he is capable of, and if he does, this could be one fun year!

The Twins are done bringing in players…or are they? The betting site Bovada predicted correctly last week that the Twins were favored to land Lynn at 9-to-5 odds. Interestingly, that same site also said the club is in the lead to sign starter Alex Cobb at 5-4. Odds can be deceiving at time, but as we learned this week, they can be a hint for what is ahead. That means we should follow Cobb, as he will want to join a team pretty quickly.

Written by: Michael L. Sack

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