Potential Mariners Target: Lance Lynn

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The Seattle Mariners need pitching help after placing 15th out all of MLB teams. They finished with a team ERA of 4.46.

As for that, the Seattle Mariners should attack this off-season by looking for a solid middle of the rotation starter and Cardinals starter Lance Lynn is their man.

Lance Lynn is going to be a free agent this off-season and I do expect him to receive tons of interest from teams looking for starting pitching help like the Blue Jays, Orioles, and others. This is a weak free agency class.

Furthermore, the Mariners only had three pitchers this year to make more than 20 starts or more and that was southpaws Ariel Miranda and James Paxton, plus righty Yovani Gallardo.

Next, the rotation was hit hard this season with the injury bug, as Drew Smyly did not even step on the mound during the regular season due to an injury requiring him to get Tommy John surgery, which could lead him to being non-tendered. I think if his rehab goes well, then the M’s tender him an offer.

Secondly, losing King Felix for a majority of the season hurt the staff and Yovani Gallardo struggling all season long did not help, as he saw a demotion to the bullpen.

Gallardo has a $13MM club option that is expecting to be declined by the Mariners, which would open a roster spot for Lance Lynn and with Hisashi Iwakuma potentially getting his $10MM club option declined like fellow teammate Gallardo, that will open a rotation spot for the right-handed pitcher.

The rest of the rotation options just are not ready to step up in the higher pecking order in the rotation leaving them to compete for the last rotation job with King Felix, James Paxton, Mike Leake, and hopeful signing Lance Lynn securing those spots. Expect Erasmo Ramirez, Ariel Miranda, and Drew Smyly (if tendered) to be the final three options near the end of spring training fighting for the fifth spot.

The team needs Lance Lynn to eat some major innings, as the team ranked 20th in all of baseball with only 1440.1 innings tossed.

Safeco Field is a pitcher’s park, which will boost Lynn’s stats. He puts up solid numbers anyway.

The 30-year old starter had a great ride with the Cardinals putting up a career total of 72 wins, 3.38 ERA, tossing 977.2 innings and striking out 919 hitters in 183 games (161 starts). He also made one all-star appearance, and made a couple of appearances during the 2011-2012 MLB season for the Cardinals, which was the year they won the World Series.

Finally, Lance Lynn threw 186.1 innings in 33 starts with a 3.43 ERA and compiling a record of 11-8. He punched out 153 batters, which is more than any other Mariner starter from this past season.

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