The Dodgers are one of the few teams in baseball that aren’t in true need of adding talent at the deadline. While they could always use additional upgrades, there just isn’t a glaring need at the moment. Any added player would essentially be a luxury at this point.
One of those luxuries being considered at the moment is the Rangers’ Lance Lynn. Lynn is the scheduled starter for the Rangers today, but he’s getting interesting from teams all over baseball, the Dodgers included. But Los Angeles isn’t the only NL West team looking into upgrading their starting rotation with Lynn.
Per sources, add Padres to teams on Lance Lynn. Mgr Jayce Tingler knows Lynn from Rangers’ organization. Associate mgr Skip Schumaker is former STL teammate. Paddack, Richards struggling in rotation. Pads also need bullpen help. Blue Jays, White Sox among other clubs on Lynn.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 29, 2020
The Padres’ starting rotation is not what they hoped it would be, with Chris Paddack, in particular, struggling to get things going. Garrett Richards has also been tagged in his last few starts, and things don’t appear to be improving. With that in mind, adding Lynn could help them better compete with the Dodgers.
Lynn is under contract through 2021 at comes with an annual average salary of just $10 million. He has pitched very well in his first two years with Texas, but this year has been incredible. He has started 7 games and put up a 1.59 ERA along with a 0.860 WHIP. The problem with Lynn is that he relies heavily on fastballs to get the job done, which could be an issue down the stretch.
Regardless, the Padres getting Lance Lynn would be a little bit of a gut-punch for the Dodgers. He does make them better, and it’s all but guaranteed that their offense is going to produce. Stay tuned, the deadline is this Monday afternoon.