The Hot Stove is finally starting to warm up on the second day of this year’s Winter Meetings. It’s far from hot still, but teams have started to make some moves. Just not the Yankees, at least, not yet. Let’s get today’s happenings:
Lance Lynn goes to White Sox; Yankees did not engage Texas
The biggest move of the Winter Meetings (so far) went down late last night. Texas sent righty Lance Lynn to the White Sox in exchange for Dane Dunning and prospect Avery Weems. Dunning is still technically prospect eligible I believe, but he had a nice season for Chicago in 2020 (3.97 ERA in 34 innings). He was a first round pick back in 2016 by Washington.
Lynn has been nothing short of excellent since he joined the Rangers in 2019. He’s thrown 292 1/3 innings and recorded a 3.57 ERA and 3.43 FIP. This came right after the Yankees had acquired him mid-2018, by the way. He would have been a really good fit back in pinstripes.
Apparently, the Yankees weren’t in on Lynn this time around. That’s a bit disappointing to hear considering the team’s need for starting pitching. Though at the same time, I’m not sure the Yankees would have been comfortable matching what the White Sox sent to Texas. The equivalent to Dunning probably is either Clarke Schmidt or Deivi García.
Curious, would you have traded Clarke Schmidt or Deivi Garcia for Lance Lynn?— Views from 314ft (@ViewsFrom314ft) December 8, 2020
Yankees in talks with LeMahieu, but quiet otherwise
If you’re expecting the Yankees to make a big splash this winter, don’t get your hopes up, according to Andy Martino. Other than trying to retain DJ LeMahieu, the team has been very quiet on all other fronts. Moreover, the team isn’t pursuing a reunion with Masahiro Tanaka. You could take this one of two ways, I think.
One, the Yankees are going to cheap out this winter and not address all of the team’s needs. That’s the pessimistic, knee-jerk reaction. And I understand the sentiment; I’m eager for the Yankees to do something already.
The rosier picture: LeMahieu is top priority and the team isn’t concerned about Tanaka departing. Once LeMahieu makes his decision, other dominoes can start to fall. DJLM is going to get a significant contract, so it’s difficult to fill out the roster until the money earmarked to him is taken or not. Now, there is a problem here in that the Yankees could miss out on opportunities while waiting on LeMahieu (i.e. Lynn just now). Hopefully they can get some clarity soon.
Activity in the AL Central
There were a couple of other notable moves today, both in the AL Central. The White Sox signed outfielder Adam Eaton to a one year deal with a club option for 2022. This will be his second stint for the South Siders — he was previously traded to Washington in a deal that brought back the aforementioned Dunning, Lucas Giolito, and Reynaldo Lopez.
The other move: Kansas City added first baseman Carlos Santana. He signed a two-year contract after Cleveland declined his 2021 option earlier this winter.