The Oakland A’s attempted to shore up their pitching staff by making a trade with the Rangers once already, acquiring Mike Minor for the stretch run. Maybe the second time will be the charm.
As the Rangers are rebuilding, Lance Lynn will be an attractive trade chip if he is to be put on the market. There are some roadblocks in acquiring him, as he is in the final year of his three year contract and has a $100,000 trade assignment bonus if he is dealt to a west coast team. However, at just under $9.5 million for the 2021 season, he is still a bargain.
Lynn has been excellent since joining the Rangers, a workhorse in an era when that type of pitcher is going extinct. He has posted a 3.57 ERA and a 1.173 WHiP over 292.1 innings, striking out 335 batters with just 84 walks. While Lynn may not be considered an ace caliber pitcher, his performance indicates otherwise.
There are going to be plenty of teams interested in Lynn. The A’s will likely need to part with a notable package of prospects to bring him on board. But for his production over the past two seasons, and his extremely reasonable salary, Lynn is the type of pitcher the A’s should take a look at.
The Oakland A’s need help for their pitching staff. These three arms could make a difference in 2021.