While there are certainly sexier names on the free agent market, one name that has consistently been connected with several teams this offseason has been pitcher Lance Lynn. While his 2018 season was not his finest effort (0.8 rWAR, 4.77 ERA in 156.2 innings), Lynn has been a consistent performer with three 3+ WAR season from 2014-2017 with the 2016 season being lost due to Tommy John surgery.
Because his 2018 season did not go particularly well and he is already 31 years old and he will pitch much of 2019 at the age of 32 and with an arm injury on his ledger, Lynn’s market wasn’t ever going to be particularly robust. However, there is real value in guys that have a track record of performance and eating innings and it looks like the Rangers snagged him.
The Rangers are in a tough spot as they currently starting pitching staffs (at least before the Lynn signing) and look to be moving on from some players who have under-performed on offense. With Adrian Beltre retiring and potentially losing Elvis Andrus after the 2019 season, the Rangers do not have the look of a team that will be particularly good over the next couple of seasons. However, the Rangers have been known to retool their roster quickly in the past and Lynn should be a steady presence on the mound in the meantime without costing a bunch.