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Twins Trade Lance Lynn to Yankees

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported that 26-year-old first baseman Tyler Austin has been traded to the Twins. UDPDATE: Sherman adds that Lance Lynn is heading to New York. The Twins are also acquiring 19-year-old right-handed pitcher Luis Rijo.
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Austin has seen big league time with the Yankees over parts of three seasons, hitting .230/.287/.459 (.746 OPS) over 85 games. The bulk of his time has come at first base, but he's also played some in the outfield.

Rated as the 77th-best prospect in the game prior to the 2013 season by Baseball America, Austin has a much more impressive .270/.347/.479 (.825 OPS) line in 202 games in Triple A. The biggest thing holding him back has been, stop me if you've heard this before, strikeouts. Austin has struck out in 39.6 percent of his MLB plate appearances and 27.0 percent of his PAs in Triple A.

He'll fills a need in the Twins org right now as a right-handed bat capable of mashing lefties. Austin has hit MLB southpaws to the tune of a .292/.365/.596 batting line over 104 plate appearances so far.

Rijo, a native of Venezuela, has posted strong numbers in his 125 1/3 innings so far as a professional. He has a 2.80 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and has averaged 8.4 K/9 while only issuing 1.0 BB/9. So far this season, Rijo is sporting a 10.67 K:BB ratio (32 strikeouts and just three walks over 39 innings). The bulk of his work has come with the Yankees' Appy League affiliate (same league as Elizabethton).

Lynn had a frustrating free agency roll into a frustrating first month for the Twins. Lynn had an 8.37 ERA through his first five starts this season, but has been much more stable since, posting a 4.12 ERA over his last 15 starts.

Though Lynn's disappointing overall performance contributed to the Twins getting off to a poor start, this has to be considered a positive way for things to end. Not long ago it would have been unimaginable that the Twins would land this kind of a package for Lynn.

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Tom Froemming
Jul 31 2018 11:38 AM

In their write up of the deal, Baseball America is reporting that Rijo's fastball is more in the 91-93 range. 

 

The 2017 draft appears to be very strong. We were the first team in baseball history to make the playoffs after losing 100 games in 2017. The 2017/2018 off-season was the best in franchise history and this is our best trade deadline ever. 

 

Not a good time to be part of the I'm smarter than the FO clique.

I'll admit I'm not smarter than the FO, but when you have the first overall draft pick, shouldn't you have a strong draft?Didn't the Twins have about the same record last year and the FO sold off instead of adding?Kind of hard to give them a lot of credit for last years run if they were selling at the deadline.

 

If you have a great offseason, shouldn't you have an improved record?As far as the best trade deadline deal, give me the Shannon Stewart deal.Quality over quantity any time.

 

When you get class A players, you will need time to evaluate the trades, so we'll have to wait to see if these are good trades.I have no problem with the FO making these moves, just seems like we have a very low bar for the FO.Just make moves any moves.

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diehardtwinsfan
Jul 31 2018 11:47 AM

 

I'll admit I'm not smarter than the FO, but when you have the first overall draft pick, shouldn't you have a strong draft?Didn't the Twins have about the same record last year and the FO sold off instead of adding?Kind of hard to give them a lot of credit for last years run if they were selling at the deadline.

 

If you have a great offseason, shouldn't you have an improved record?As far as the best trade deadline deal, give me the Shannon Stewart deal.Quality over quantity any time.

 

When you get class A players, you will need time to evaluate the trades, so we'll have to wait to see if these are good trades.I have no problem with the FO making these moves, just seems like we have a very low bar for the FO.Just make moves any moves.

 

I guess I don't understand what the high bar would be. Season is over, they are getting value from it where they can. Ryan never had this kind of activity after a season like this. They are doing the right thing.

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The 2017 draft appears to be very strong. We were the first team in baseball history to make the playoffs after losing 100 games in 2017. The 2017/2018 off-season was the best in franchise history and this is our best trade deadline ever. 

 

Not a good time to be part of the I'm smarter than the FO clique.

 

My complaint with the front office is not with the off-season as it was a good one.but Terry Ryan also had good off-seasons or good but incomplete ones or good but didn't get the one thing we know we need....

 

My complaint is that the front office didn't do Jack Schitt when all the holes happened in our lineup at one time.we had a few holes covered and then had 2 or 3 when we could have used and even got reinforcements at low costs.There were 2 bats released for nothing including Hanley Ramirez and we could have acquired a C like Chiniros from Texas for a prospect.oooohhh a prospect and paying someone league minimum.That is such a high cost to go for it.That would have boosted morale and likely had a better affect for the clubhouse and improved the lineup enough to win a few more games.but the front office did nothing.Its even more frustrating when they waited a few weeks and still did nothing when the opportunities were there.They could have still sold if we didn't catch up.

 

I am more upset by their lack of in season management and their willingness to just give up on the season.By giving up so easily it defeats the point of playing out the season.We now know that if the Twins are 5 games back we should stop going to games because they are gonna sell. Waive the white flag...... Falvine is ready to give up and call it a season and continue making us a farm club for the winning teams.  

 

Yay!!!!!!


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