Twins sign Lance Lynn to one year deal

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 28: Lance Lynn
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 28: Lance Lynn /

The Minnesota Twins continue to add to the pitching staff this season as they signed Lance Lynn to a one year deal on Saturday. 

The Twins have signed veteran free agent Lance Lynn. The former St. Louis Cardinal has agreed to a one year, $12 Million contract, with performance bonuses that can push that number to $14 Million.

One of the casualties of the very strange free agent market this offseason in the MLB, Lance Lynn turned down a qualifying offer from the Cardinals and winds up signing for less money with the Twins.

This looks like a smart signing by the Twins for a couple of different reasons.

First, the length of the contract makes sense long-term for both parties. If the season goes as planned and the team is winning, Lynn is pitching well and the postseason is a possibility, perhaps the Minnesota front office looks to ink an extension at a later date, but before he becomes a free agent.

If Lynn’s camp wants to try the market again after staying unsigned so long after rejecting an offer from the Cardinals this offseason, they can do so at the end of this year. If the wheels fall off and everything goes south, the Twins could try to move him or cut him loose and not have to worry about paying out three years to a non-factor on your staff.

Low risk, high reward for both parties does not happen very often, but it looks like the Twins and Lance Lynn have reached such an agreement.