Veteran starting pitcher Lance Lynn (36), who hasn’t pitched well this year with an ERA in the high 5s (5.73), just signed a contract averaging more than $10 million per year. Fellow free agent pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, 36, will likely be paid more than that.
Lin, a free agent pitcher, agreed to a one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals with a team option for 2025, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.굿모닝토토 도메인
According to ‘New York Post’ reporter John Heyman, Lin received a guaranteed salary of $10 million next year plus a $1 million buyout if the $11 million team option in 2025 is not exercised. In addition to next year’s salary, the deal is a one-year, $24 million deal with $3 million in incentives.
Returning to the organization he spent six seasons with through 2017 after making his debut with St. Louis in 2011, Lynn is a veteran starter with a 12-year major league career record of 136-195-1 with a 3.74 ERA and 1906 strikeouts in 341 games (317 starts-1889 innings) with the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.
This year, however, the decline has been pronounced. In 32 games, he went 13-11 with 183⅔ innings pitched, but his 5.73 ERA was the highest of his career. His ERA was near the bottom, ranking 43rd out of 44 pitchers in regulation innings pitched. His 44 home runs allowed were the most in the league.
After being traded from the White Sox to the Dodgers in late July, he rebounded somewhat, going 7-2 with a 4.36 ERA in 11 games (64 innings), but he faded from strength to strength, eventually giving up four runs on six hits (four home runs) in 2⅔ innings with no walks and one strikeout against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the Division Series. The four home runs in the third inning alone sent the Dodgers to a three-game sweep and an early exit from the Division Series.
But the Reds, who need at least three starting pitching additions, landed Lynn in free agency. The Philadelphia Phillies appear to have acquired Lynn as insurance after losing one of their big targets when they re-signed free agent pitcher Aaron Nola to a seven-year, $172 million deal the day before. Although he hasn’t pitched well this year, Lynn has eight seasons of regulated innings, including three 200-inning seasons. He may not be a high-end starter, but he can still be counted on for innings as a fourth or fifth starter.
With Lin getting a more generous contract than expected, his price tag in free agency is set to be high. After the big fish Nola’s $172 million deal, expect to see a trickle-down effect for mid-level pitchers. The environment is also favorable for Ryu Hyun-jin. Ryu’s contract could serve as a minimum benchmark.
While he doesn’t have the innings or durability of Ryu at his age, his numbers are much better, with a 3-3 record and 3.46 ERA in 11 games (52 innings) since returning from Tommy John surgery in August. He’s rated higher than Ryu in terms of pitching reliability, so the $10 million-plus contract he’s looking for to stay in the majors seems like a no-brainer.