The Yankees have been active today, sending old friend Adam Warren to the Mariners for some international pool money, and then also acquiring their long sought-after starting pitcher … Lance Lynn.
Lynn and half of his remaining salary will reportedly head to the Yankees for first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin and A-ball pitching prospect Luis Rijo. Austin, now 26, has long been one of those guys who raked in the upper minors, but couldn’t quite make the transition to the big leagues.
It’s not an especially steep price to pay for Lynn, 31, but then Lynn has been a disaster for the Twins this year after he signed a one-year contract. The Yankees will try to get him to bounce back, but will otherwise just be adding some depth.
Rough time out there if you’re trying to acquire a starting pitcher. Once again, I remain very on board with the Cubs’ Cole Hamels addition, though I suppose he, too, has had crummy numbers this year (even if we have thoughts on how to explain some of them).