July 31, 2018 / 12:22 AM / 3 months ago

Yankees acquire RHP Lynn from Twins

Right-hander Lance Lynn, in the midst of a subpar first season with the Minnesota Twins, was traded along with cash considerations to the New York Yankees on Monday.

Jul 27, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota received two minor-leaguers in the deal, infielder Tyler Austin and right-hander Luis Rijo.

Lynn, 31, signed with the Twins as a free agent on March 12 after spending the previous six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He made 20 starts for Minnesota, going 7-8 with a 5.10 ERA. In 102 1/3 innings, he issued 62 walks, the second-highest total in the American League.

Lynn helped the Cardinals win the World Series as a rookie reliever in 2011. The following season, he moved to the rotation and earned his only All-Star appearance. Lynn missed all of the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but he returned to make 33 starts and earn 11 wins for the Cardinals last year.

In 183 appearances (161 starts) for St. Louis, Lynn went 72-47 with one save and a 3.38 ERA.

Ahead of the Tuesday trade deadline, the Yankees already had added a starter to their rotation, acquiring J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. Happ won his Yankees debut on Sunday, pitching six innings of one-run ball against the Kansas City Royals.

Austin, 26, appeared in 34 games for the Yankees earlier this year, hitting .223 with a .280 on-base percentage, a .471 slugging percentage, eight homers and 23 RBIs. He hit .253/.315/.525 with six homers and 14 RBIs in 26 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rijo, 19, has appeared at the rookie level, short-season Class-A and high Class-A this year. In seven games (five starts), he is 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA.

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