Texas Rangers: All-time Top-10 free agent signings

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All-Time Texas Ranger Signing No. 9

Lance Lynn

Lance Lynn was only a Ranger for two seasons but, boy, was he awesome.

Having pitched 6 full seasons in the bigs, Lynn found himself in the middle of an extremely up-and-down career. At his best, he was a huge piece of the Cardinals amid NL Central dominance and contending status. At his worst, he struggled mightily up north with the Twins, serving up home runs at a high rate and recording an ERA of 4.77 in 2018.

Lynn was ranked the 38th best free agent available by SBNation in 2018 behind fellow starters Clay Buchholz and Matt Harvey. If you haven’t heard those names in a couple years… that’s my point.

Lynn was everything and more for the Rangers after signing a 3-year, $30 million deal, proving to be an absolute steal by the Ranger’s front office.

In 2019, Lynn recorded a career-high 208 IP with a 3.67 ERA. In 2020, Lynn lead the majors with 84 IP while striking out 89. He finished 5th and 6th in AL Cy Young voting in his two years in Arlington.

Lynn never got the opportunity to pitch for good, contending teams with the Rangers. Nevertheless, his blistering fastball and burly physique will be remembered by Ranger’s fans.