The Los Angeles Dodgers have declined RHP Lance Lynn’s $18 million club option for the 2024 season, a source told Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. The team acquired Lynn at the trade deadline from the Chicago White Sox, and he filled his role as an innings-eater.
However, after flaming out in the postseason with a four home run inning, the team has elected to not pay him $18 million for next season. A reunion is still possible between the two sides.
This move could have gone either way, as the Dodgers are seriously in need of starting pitching. Lynn filled his role for the club in the regular season, and it would have been understandable if the team wanted to bring him back to solidify the rotation next year.
However, his home run problem was too severe for the team to justify paying him $18 million, so he’ll head to free agency, where the two sides could still work out a less expensive deal.
The team is paying him a $1 million buyout to decline the option and allow him to head to free agency.
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