Twins, Lance Lynn agree to one-year, $12 million deal

Lance Lynn reportedly signs with Twins for 1 year, $12 million

MLB Hot Stove: Lance Lynn reportedly agrees to one-year deal with Twins

- Not content to start the season with their current starting rotation, the Twins have dipped into the free-agent pool once more.

Lynn signed a one-year deal with the Twins on Saturday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

But, among the 144 pitchers who logged at least 500 innings from 2011-16, Lynn ranked 21st in FIP (3.36).

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Lynn, 30, went 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA as well as 153 strikeouts and 78 walks in a league-high 33 starts for the Cardinals last season after missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery. The righthander made a decision to accept a one-year contract and re-enter the free-agent market again next winter.

The deal will reportedly pay the right-handed starting pitcher $12 million for the 2018 season and includes the chance for him to earn an additional $2 million in performance incentives. The larger concern for Lynn is how good he truly is. Lynn declined a qualifying offer of $17.4 million with the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this offseason. That looks to be Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, Kyle Gibson and Lynn, as the tentative plan is for a four-man rotation at the beginning of the season, with a fifth starter only necessary a handful of times before mid-May. Among them are Sanchez, Phil Hughes, Adalberto Mejia, Tyler Duffey and Stephen Gonsalves - but Lynn now figures to move into the rotation, too.

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