For those Reds fans who want to see Cincinnati go shopping for a reliable starting pitcher at the MLB trade deadline, count Lance Lynn among the players who could be coming to the Queen City.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required), the Cincinnati Reds are not among the 10 teams on Lynn's no-trade list.
Among those who are include the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Yankees. Lynn has a total of 10 teams on his no-trade list.
Do the Reds appear on Lance Lynn's no-trade list?
Now, this list can always be amended. However, it's a good place to start. According to Ken Rosenthal, sources claim that Lance Lynn would waive his protection for certain contenders. But with the Cincinnati Reds not even in the mix, the Chicago White Sox could deal the right-hander to the Queen City without any fuss.
Is Lynn the perfect fit for the Reds? Some fans will look at the 6.18 ERA, 71 ERA+, and league-leading 28 home runs allowed and emphatically yell no at their computer screen. But there's more to Lynn's resumé than those stats would lead you to believe.
First and foremost, Lynn has shown a propensity to go deep into ball games. The early exits on behalf of this patchwork Cincinnati starting rotation cannot be overstated. With Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo on the IL, the Reds have leaned heavily on Luke Weaver, Ben Lively, and Brandon Williamson.
While all three have had their moments, Weaver hasn't made it past the fifth inning during his last five outings. Williamson gave David Bell six innings during his last two starts, but his previous three saw the rookie log a total of 10 innings. Granted, two of those starts were shortened due to a weather delay.
But the fact remains that Cincinnati's rotation needs a bit of a bump. Adding a veteran presence like Lance Lynn would allow the Reds to move Weaver to the bullpen where he could piggyback off another starter who may be struggling.
Buy while Lynn's 6.18 ERA is rather unsightly, the veteran's 3.95 xFIP and .322 BABIP (according to FanGraphs) suggests he's pitched better than some traditional stats might indicate.
Lynn does come with an unfortunate 2.19 HR/9 and 21.5-percent home run to fly ball ratio, so the long ball is of concern. But Lynn is striking out over 27-percent of the batters he faces and brings an edge to the mound that this Reds team could use over the final two months of the season.
Lance Lynn wouldn't carry a very large price tag either. The Cincinnati Reds could probably secure Lynn's services for a lower-level prospect or two. If the Reds are looking for a stopgap option to help keep the starting rotation afloat and rest the bullpen until Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo return, Lynn would be a nice pickup.