THE HOT STOVE HAS BEEN TURNED ON!
— Lucas Giolito (@LGio27) December 8, 2020
Perennial CY Young Candidate Lance Lynn has been dealt to the Chicago White Sox for Prospect Dane Dunning and Avery Weems.
The acquisition of the potentially the best pitcher on the market is a huge success for a White Sox team that has felt one pitcher short. This also sets up one of the best rotations in the AL.
Giolito / Lynn / Keuchel / Kopech….
Not bad. Not bad at all.
— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) December 8, 2020
Giolito, Lynn, Keuchel, Kopech can compete with any rotation in the AL and perhaps can stack up against a vaunted rotation like the Dodgers if rookie starter Michael Kopech controls his 100+ MPH velocity and stays healthy to make an impact in Chicago.
Lance Lynn gives the White Sox another bonafide ace to backup stud Lucas Giolito. Lynn is a workhorse who has stayed healthy and keep giving consistent performances to relieve stress on the bullpen.
Lance Lynn has faced 1,219 batters since the start of 2019, the most in MLB in that span (regular season only, of course)
Oh, you prefer innings? Cool — 292 1/3 IP in that span, also most
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) December 8, 2020
Has this trade pushed the White Stockings to the front of a crowded three-horse race in the AL Central? I believe so. The Wild Card in this all is the Tony La Russa factor who in fact coached Lance Lynn when he was in St. Louis! (They even won a World Series together!)
Lance Lynn will once again play for manager Tony Larussa. Larussa was Lynn's manager for one season before. Lynn was a rookie and the Cardinals won the World Series https://t.co/naJ8CXBgxN
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) December 8, 2020
As for the Rangers, Dane Dunning is a solid pickup for a team that’s still trying to find its footing in a competitive AL West. Lance Lynn was never going to be on the next great Rangers team, and now was the perfect time to deal with it him. Most fans will forget his debut, but Dunning outdueled the number one pick of his draft class, Casey Mize, in his debut, going 4 1/3, seven strikeouts, one walk, and three earned runs.
As of typing, the deal is still technically pending due to physicals, which is standard procedure; however, assuming the deal is processed, the White Sox may have become one of the favorites to win the World Series.