As the August 1st trade deadline looms ever closer, the rumor mill is abuzz with potential deals, and one name that has garnered significant attention is veteran starting pitcher Lance Lynn of the Chicago White Sox.
The 36-year-old right-hander may not be having his best season, with a 6-9 record and a 6.18 ERA in 20 starts, but his past accolades and experience make him an intriguing trade target.
Reports suggest that the Tampa Bay Rays are engaged in “serious” discussions with the White Sox regarding the acquisition of Lynn. The Rays began the season with an impressive 23-6 record, and by the end of May, they had a remarkable 40-18 record. However, their performance has taken a dip in July.
The Rays appear determined to bolster their pitching rotation for the crucial final push in the division. Lynn’s experience and previous success as an All-Star pitcher could be just what the team needs to regain their early-season momentum and challenge for the top spot in the AL East.
Interestingly, Tampa Bay is not one of the most preferred destinations for Lynn, as he has the right to block a trade to ten specific teams, including the Rays.
However, according to insider reports, Lynn has already indicated to the White Sox that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to make a move to Tampa Bay.
The deadline is rapidly approaching. With just a few days left, negotiations between the White Sox and the Rays are expected to intensify as both teams aim to strike a mutually beneficial deal.
MLB fans and analysts are keeping a close eye on this potential trade, as it could have significant implications for the playoff race and the balance of power in the American League East.
Should the Rays trade for Lynn?
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