Lance Lynn and White Sox agree to two-year extension of $ 38 million
The White Sox and Lance Lynn agreed to a two-year, $ 38 million extension with a third-year club option that could keep Lynn in Chicago until the 2024 season, the team announced.
The White Sox Lynn’s acquisition last winter turned out to be a great success. On December 8, Chicago sent the right-hander Dane Dunning and left-hander Avery Weems at Rangers in exchange for Lynn, who was due to hit free agency after this season. Dunning was the kind of rotating presence the Rangers hoped for, but the White Sox appreciated the presence and consistency of Lynn’s veterans enough to relinquish more than five years of control over Dunning.
The 34-year-old has found a home in Chicago, where he will now stay at least until the 2023 season. After making $ 9.33 million this year in the final season of the $ 30 million deal Over the three years he signed with Texas prior to 2019, Lynn will earn $ 18.5 million in each of the next two seasons.
There are bonuses too, if Lynn finishes in the top three for the Cy Young vote, adds MLB Networks Jon Heyman. Although Lynn has never been in the top three for the award, he has finished in the top six in each of the past two seasons.
Lynn had emerged as a front row pitcher for the Rangers, but he was next level on the south side with a 1.99 / 3.20 FIP ERA in 16 starts spanning 90 2/3 innings. He was named All-Star for the second time in his career.
Its 94 mph heater is where it has been the past two seasons, but it has dropped its usage by about 50 percent to 43.1 percent. The cutter has taken over, going from 22.2% use last year to 32.2% this season. Interestingly, Lynn sticks almost entirely to the fastball-cutter-sink mix, rarely turning to a more traditional shift or curve.
In his youth, he pioneered a more traditional slider or curve, but the cutter has taken over as the storage ground of choice. Opponents hit just 0.183 with an xSLG of 0.295 against its 88.5 mph cutter. In terms of the bottom line, however, Lynn has been pretty much the same guy in Chicago as he was in Texas: he beats the zone (44.1 zone%), plays on contact with a CSW% below average. 26.5, while coaxing batters to swing the bat (72.7 Z-Swing%, 49.4 Swing% – both scores being above average), despite an average ability to chase batters outside the zone (30.9 O-Swing%).
Securing Lynn holds another member of Chicago’s awesome core in place. Carlos Rodon is the only member of the rotation not to have signed until next season. Control of the White Sox Dallas Keuchel and Lucas Giolito until 2023 and Dylan Cease until 2025. No matter what happens with Rodon now, the White Sox should feel secure about their rotation for next season.
The White Sox have been proactive in signing their young core for extensions. Yoan Moncada is under contract until 2024, Eloy Jimenez and Aaron Bummer until 2026, and Luis Robert until 2027. Signatures of free agents Liam Hendriks and Yasmani Grandal also has contracts until 2024 and 2023, respectively. Other young talents like Nick Madrigal, Andrew Vaughn, Michael Kopech and Codi Heuer has not even started the arbitration process yet. Securing Lynn, however, was arguably the most important item on GM Rick Hahn’s agenda.