The Yankees announced they traded first baseman Tyler Austin and minor league starting pitcher Luis Rijo to the Twins in return for Lynn.
Sports Illustrated's Jon Tayler questioned the move from New York's perspective since the team traded right-handed reliever Adam Warren, who essentially occupied the same role Lynn likely will with the pitching staff:
The New York Post's Joel Sherman reported the Yankees at least won't add much money to their payroll by essentially swapping Warren for Lynn:
Lynn might benefit from a move to the bullpen. In his first two years since undergoing Tommy John surgery, he's 18-16 with a 4.02 ERA and a 4.78 FIP, according to Baseball Reference. However, Lynn hasn't pitched in a relief role since the 2015 postseason, and his last regular-season appearance out of the bullpen was in 2012.
Ultimately, the Yankees may value Lynn's ability to move into the rotation in an emergency over Warren's proven track record as a reliever.
The Twins, meanwhile, get a 26-year-old first baseman who's under team control for four more seasons and a young pitcher who might develop into something down the road. Austin is batting .230 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI in 85 career MLB games, and the 19-year-old Rijo is 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in seven minor league appearances in 2018.
That's a solid return given both Lynn's performance and the fact he's only a half-season rental.