The St. Louis Cardinals came to terms with Lance Lynn on a 3-year contract worth $22 million plus incentives. The deal buys out the three arbitration years left for the hurler. It provides cost certainty to the club and financial security to the pitcher. Overall, very few writers criticized the deal as it seemed to be one that worked well for both sides.
Baseball news in January tends to make any baseball writer run for the keyboard. News specific to the team they cover, and you can bet it will be written about on almost any venue you can find. Here’s a roundup of some of the best content that came together in the wake of the news.
Bob Netherton took to his blog, On The Outside Corner, about the subject prior to the announcement. He wondered openly “What to do about Lance Lynn?” and shared his thoughts. It is thorough and almost a perfect prediction on the contract.
Over at Cardinals Farm, Schott Schook brings together the facts of the deal and states that Lynn is “the 2015 rotation member with the fewest question marks” in relation to health.
A man who needs little introduction in this space, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, looks over the contract and the performance that made it happen. Complete with thoughts from the pitcher himself, the article is obviously a must-read.
Aaron Miles Fastball founder Christine Coleman brought the news release to her readers. She takes special note that Lynn is the “most consistent member” of the rotation. She also points out the team’s note that “Lynn is the National League’s third-winningest pitcher since 2012”. Impressive notes on the young hurler.
Right here on I-70 Baseball, I brought my thoughts on why the contract was a win for both sides.
Dan Buffa takes to his Cardinal Nerve Center blog over at Cards Conclave to take a look at the deal. He spoke about the potential agreement on the UCB Radio show the night before. Read Dan’s thoughts on how the contract plays in to the remainder of the offseason and General Manager John Mozeliak’s rumored search for additional pitching.
Back at the Post-Dispatch, Bernie Miklasz shares his thoughts and calls the contract a “smart move” for the team.
Scott Wuerz takes to the Cheap Seats Blog on BND.com to warn that the deal may not be that great overall. While the deal looks great today and may continue to, it does not come without a few drawbacks and Scott brings those to light in his insightful work.
Finally, head on over to the team’s site to read some thoughts from beat reporter Jenifer Langosch. She speaks with John Mozeliak and sheds some light on the negotiation process, which started with a much longer deal but ended up here, where both sides could remain comfortable.
It seems to be a positive outlook from some of the best writers covering the Cardinals. Take the chance to read through the myriad of links and come back to I-70 Baseball for future news, commentary and round-ups.