Lance Lynn Traded to the Chicago White Sox — Instant Reaction

by Jose Bouquett

THE HOT STOVE HAS BEEN TURNED ON!

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 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.

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!)

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.

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