Yankees Trade Rumors: Lance Lynn Talks Held Ahead of 2020 Deadline

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2020

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Lance Lynn is one of the big names on the trade block ahead of Monday's 4 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline, and contenders are lurking.

According to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves have made inquiries into Lynn:

Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

#Yankees also have been involved in the Lance Lynn market over the past 48 hours. Lynn has been much more effective this year than when he finished the 2018 season in New York. @MLB @MLBNetwork

Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

The #Braves have been in contact with #Rangers on Lance Lynn in last 48 hours, source confirms. @MLBNetwork @MLB

All indications heading into the deadline are that Lynn will likely be on the move:

Mark Feinsand @Feinsand

Jon Daniels and the Rangers are in the driver's seat with three hours left until the Trade Deadline. Lance Lynn and Joey Gallo are the two biggest names out there. Both under control beyond 2020, so no lock they'll be moved, though Lynn more likely to be traded today.

TR Sullivan @Sullivan_Ranger

Look...promise you this... Rangers GM Jon Daniels has spoken to every possible team that might have even the slightest interest in Lance Lynn... or any other Rangers player. Any club with a .500 record or better, the Rangers have talked to them. Or just under .500. Guaranteed

Lynn, 33, is having an excellent season, going 4-1 for the Texas Rangers with a 1.93 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 51.1 innings (eight starts). With Mike Clevinger dealt to the San Diego Padres earlier on Monday, Lynn is arguably the top starting pitcher on the market. 

And the 12-21 Rangers have every reason to sell, currently trailing the Oakland Athletics (by 9.5 games) and the Houston Astros (by seven games) for the AL West postseason berths and the Minnesota Twins (by seven games) and Toronto Blue Jays (6.5 games) for the available Wild Card berths. Barring a miraculous turnaround, the Rangers aren't making the postseason. 

Lynn would be an excellent addition to a Yankees rotation that includes Gerrit Cole, James Paxton (currently on the injured list) and Masahiro Tanaka. With J.A. Happ and Jordan Montgomery struggling, however, the 19-13 Yankees need another reliable, veteran arm in the middle of their rotation. 

Currently the Yankees are in second place in the AL East, trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by 3.5 games. The Blue Jays are just one game behind them, however, leaving their postseason positioning in something of a precarious place at this juncture.

Given the massive amounts of talent on the roster, it's World Series or bust for the Bronx Bombers. Lynn would be a logical addition to aid that cause.