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Blue Jays: Ranking The Top 10 Potential Trade Targets

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs hits a grand slam in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 26, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs hits a grand slam in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 26, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 13: Lance Lynn #35 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the fifth inning at Globe Life Field on September 13, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 13: Lance Lynn #35 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the fifth inning at Globe Life Field on September 13, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

#7-SP Lance Lynn

Pitching, Pitching, and more Pitching.  The Jays starting rotation was a huge weakness for them last year and it needs to be strengthened – adding Lynn would do that.  Lynn has quietly become one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two seasons, as after arriving in Texas he has posted a 3.57 ERA, a 10.3 K/9 ratio, and a 140 ERA+.  Lynn is in the final year of his contract and is set to only make 8 million dollars next season.  With Texas not looking like a contender next year, Lynn will be one of the most coveted arms on the market this offseason.

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There are some concerns with trading for Lynn, as he is going to be 35 next year and has pitched pretty poorly in the AL East during his time with the Yankees, so there’s a chance that could continue with the Jays.  However, I think that Lynn will be fine coming back to the AL East as he has evolved as a pitcher.  Lynn’s fastball velocity is up from his 2019 stint with the Yankees from an average of 93 to 94 according to StatCast.  Lynn’s curveball spin has also gone from the 19th percentile to the 65th percentile.  These changes will help Lynn if he returns to the AL East for a second time.    Overall, Lynn is a quality arm who would make the Jays rotation better next season.  With there being only one year left at 8 milion on his deal it’s a pretty low-risk move.

Potential Trade

TOR receives SP Lance Lynn; TEX receives SP Thomas Hatch, C Riley Adams, SS Otto Lopez

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