Former Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn will not be returning to the team next season, as he signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s for $10 million in 2024 but does have an option included within.
Lynn returns to St. Louis where he started his career, and will likely finish it as well. If he performs well, he could earn much more. He was very up and down during the 2023 season, but it didn’t deter teams from going after him.
There was minor interest in him returning to the Dodgers, but it was always a long shot. LA brought him in at the trade deadline to bolster their rotation, and while he performed okay, he also caused issues.
He was extremely home-run-happy during the 2023 season, and it ended up hurting the Dodgers down the stretch. LA had Lynn start Game 3 of their NLDS series, and they were always doomed with him being the lone starting pitching acquisition at the trade deadline.
Lynn was asked to do more than he was capable of and that was the issue. He finished his time with the Dodgers by posting an ERA of 4.36 over 11 games.
Fans will likely remember him for allowing four home runs during his postseason start, and that was the beginning of the end for him in Dodger Blue. LA will now look to improve their starting rotation and hope for much better results next season.
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