Braves rumors: Atlanta could pursue Lance Lynn at the deadline
Lance Lynn’s name has been attached to a ton of different teams around the trade deadline. He’s been rumored to have waived his no-trade clause to the Rays in a potential deal, but nothing is certain surrounding him just yet. That leaves the door open for the Braves to swoop in and try to acquire him.
This idea was first pitched by David O’Brien of The Athletic. O’Brien noted how poor of a year that Lynn has had, but the idea of acquiring him solely to eat innings down the stretch doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibilities for Atlanta. With the way they are able to hit the ball, an increase in run support, better defense, and a pitcher-neutral ballpark, Lynn could improve mightily with a new environment in Atlanta.
His role would likely be flexible for Atlanta, with his struggles this year. He could make a few starts between now and when the Braves are fully healthy, but after the Braves return Fried and Wright, Lynn would be moved to the bullpen. The idea of acquiring Lance Lynn may not seem sexy at first glance, but he would provide a cheap option that could eat innings until they get healthy, while also potentially having the flexibility to throw out of the bullpen.