Yankees Acquire Lance Lynn For Tyler Austin, Luis Rijo

July 30, 2018 - 7:33 pm


The Yankees have acquired RHP Lance Lynn from the Twins in exchange for 1B/OF Tyler Austin and Class-A RHP Luis Rijo, the team announced.  

It's been a busy day and a busy week for the Yankees as they continue wheeling and dealing. An hour before this deal, they traded Adam Warren to the Mariners for international signing bonus pool money. Now, they add another starting pitcher to the fold in Lynn after acquiring J.A. Happ from the Mariners less than a week ago. 

Lynn has struggled this season with the Twins. In 20 starts, he's 7-8 with a 5.10 ERA in 102 1/3 innings with 100 strikeouts. In six seasons with the Cardinals he never yielded an ERA above 3.97, so he has had plenty of success in his career. The 31-year-old joins a rotation of Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, C.C. Sabathia, and Happ. Adding Lynn could mean the end of Sonny Gray's days as a starter. 

The Yankees are expected to take on half of the $12 million owed to Lynn for the rest of the season, per multiple reports. 

The Yankees didn't have a need for Austin, who hit .223 with eight homers and and 23 RBI in 34 games this season. Austin had been pulled in the middle of Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's afternoon game today. 

Rijo is a right-handed pitcher in Class A Staten Island and is not ranked amongst their top 30 prospects. The 19-year-old debuted this season, and has a 2.77 ERA in 39 innings at various levels. 

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