Lance Lynn
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Starting Pitcher, Lance Lynn has reportedly agreed to a 1-year, $12 million guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Twins. Jon Morosi of the MLB Network reported the deal first. Morosi also reported that Lynn’s contract could reach $14 million in performance bonuses.

In 2017, Lynn went 11-8 with an ERA of 3.43 while striking out 153.  Lynn, 31, has spent all six years of his Major League Career with the St.Louis Cardinals. It is projected that Lynn will go 9-8 with an ERA of 3.65 striking out 135 in 2018 according to Baseball Reference projections.

Lynn supposedly turned down offers that had more guaranteed money to play for the Twins. The Twins now have an improved starting rotation by adding Lance Lynn and Jake Odorizzi. The American League Central only features two real competitors with the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox rebuilding and Kansas City Royals lack of talent, so the Twins will look to compete with the Cleveland Indians for the division title.

Last year was Lynn’s first year back after missing 2016 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com professed about Lynn’s 2017 numbers noting that he remained effective after his surgery which is something that other pitchers can tend to struggle with. Bollinger also noted that Lynn posted a career-high walk rate, but the Twins are hoping this will be fixed for the 2018 season.

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