The second big trade of the day, coming out just a few moments before midnight on the east coast, as Lance Lynn, one of the bigger pitching trade chips will be headed to the south side. The other players returning to Texas, will be Dane Dunning and another pitching prospect who has yet been named.
Lance Lynn has always been a consistent pitcher, since coming in the league in 2011, and becoming a first time all-star in 2012. But something turned around for Lynn, after a rough 2018 with the Twins and Yankees, as he has finished top six in CY Young voting in the last two seasons. Lynn has averaged a 3.50 ERA in the past two seasons, along with a 139 ERA+ combined between 2019 and 2020. One of the many things that Lance Lynn has been terrific at, is his fastball spin rate, which ranks in the top 91st percentile among all qualified starters. There is not much to not like about Lynn, and moving forward with the White Sox rotation looking solid with Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn and Dallas Keuchel moving forward, they look poised to make a run in the AL Central.
On the other side, The Rangers will receive Dane Dunning, who will join his third different organization since being drafted in 2016 by the Washington Nationals. Dunning, who was the White Sox fifth overall prospect going into 2020, impressed in his debut last season, in 34 innings pitched, he managed a respectful 3.97 ERA with a low WHIP of 1.12. While Dunning does not have a blazing fastball (ranked in the bottom 34th percentile in fastball velocity) he limits loud contact, as he was below league average in Exit Velocity at 87.8 (league average is 88.3) and strikes out batters at an above average rate at 9.3 strikeouts per nine.