The Minnesota Twins agreed to terms with free-agent and former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn Saturday afternoon according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.
The deal is worth $12 million base and up to $14 million if Lynn attains performance bonuses. The Twins had previously offered Lynn a two-year deal worth a reported $20 million.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 10, 2018
Morosi notes than Lynn had other offers from teams worth more money, but Lynn believes Minnesota is the best for him currently.
The Cardinals made Lynn a qualifying offer of $17.4 million last November, but he opted to choose free agency instead.
This acquisition helps Minnesota bolster a rotation in need of some help. Lynn slides into the back end of a rotation that includes Ervin Santana and Jake Odorizzi.
With Lynn off the board, Jake Arietta and Alex Cobb remain the top free-agent pitchers available.
St. Louis does not appear to be actively pursuing any more acqusitions before the start of the season and instead will look to its young arms to get the job done.
However, if manager Mike Matheny doesn’t like what he sees in Spring Training, don’t be surprised if the Cardinals become more involved in talks with one of the remaining available free agents.