The Chicago White Sox have signed Lance Lynn to a two-year extension deal worth $38M.
Lynn is 9-3 in 16 starts this season with an ERA of 1.99 and a WHIP of 1.04.
The Whites Sox are the betting favorites to win the AL Central and are only behind the Dodgers and Astros with the third-best odds to win the 2021 World Series.
The Chicago White Sox announced on Saturday that they have signed starting pitcher Lance Lynn to a two-year extension deal worth $38M.
Under the contract, the right-hander will make $18.5M in each of the next two seasons. The deal also includes a team option for 2024 worth $18M and a $1M buyout option.
Lynn has been one of the anchors of the White Sox rotation this season after arriving in a trade from the Texas Rangers last December.
Said White Sox GM Rick Hahn in a statement:
“We are thrilled to be able to keep Lance in a White Sox uniform for the next several seasons. He very quickly proved himself to be not only an All-Star caliber addition to the front of our rotation but also the positive clubhouse presence that we envisioned at the time of the acquisition. We look forward to Lance continuing to be a big part of what we’re hoping to accomplish not just in 2021 but now beyond.”
Having a Career Year
Nine years between All-Star Games. Five different teams. The same ole’ fiery workhorse from Brownsburg, Ind.
At 34-year-old Lance Lynn (1.99 era) is having a career year. Great story. @WISH_TV pic.twitter.com/8b2FOY7wln
— Charlie Clifford (@cliffWISH8) July 14, 2021
Lynn has been one of the pitchers in the majors this season and is one of the top three betting favorites to win the AL Cy Young award. He ranks third overall in ERA at a career-best 1.99, 5th in strikeouts with 105, and 15th in WHIP at 1.04. In 16 starts this season, Lynn has posted a 9-3 record which is also 6th best in the league.
His season got off to a fantastic start with an 18 ⅔ innings streak without an earned run allowed, which was the longest by a White Sox starter since Wilbur Wood started 1976 with 21 straight innings without giving up an earned run.
Lynn pitched the second inning of Tuesday’s All-Star game for the AL and that marked his first All-Star appearance since 2012, when he was still with the St. Louis Cardinals who drafted him in the first round in the 2008 amateur draft. Lynn has a career record of 113-74 with a 3.48 ERA in 276 games including 252 starts.
Behind Only the Dodgers and Astros
The White Sox are only behind the Dodgers and Astros…https://t.co/AwXbRlf8RV
— Danny Santaromita (@TheDanSanto) July 14, 2021
The White Sox are currently right behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros for the shortest odds to win the World Series. According to online sportsbook BetOnline, Chicago is at +800 with Los Angeles currently pegged at +400 and Houston at +550.
Chicago is also the odds on favorite to win the AL Central at the best MLB betting sites. They are currently 54-36 on the season and and are 8 games ahead of division second placer Cleveland. In the bigger picture, the White Sox are one game behind the AL leaders Houston and they have the 5th best record overall in the majors.
Lynn has been a tremendous offseason acquisition for the White Sox and he has played a huge part of their success this season as part of a dynamic rotation that includes Carlos Rodon, Dallas Keuchel, Lucas Gilolito, and Dylan Cease. With the 34-year old set to become a free agent at the end of the season, it was a no-brainer that the White Sox locked him up for the foreseeable future.