Colorado Rockies: “What if” and the starting pitcher free agents

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DENVER, CO - JULY 4: Relief pitcher Jordan Lyles #24 of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on July 4, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 4: Relief pitcher Jordan Lyles #24 of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on July 4, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Lance Lynn

Why: I’ve actually done an even more in-depth article on Lance Lynn, which is right here. Leading off from that, Lynn had a good year with the Cardinals. He had a 3.43 ERA with 153 strikeouts with 11 wins in just 186.1 innings.

Once again, you have an older guy who could go on for more innings than some of these younger starters. It’s key that the Rockies have starters that are able to throw six-plus innings and hand it off to the new “super bullpen.” Lynn may be that guy.

Lynn, 30, is most likely in need of a team that can get him to the postseason as it’s been a while since the Redbirds have made it. His postseason experience could really these younger guys in the rotation when the Wild Card game rolls around. Having Lynn on this team could help the rest of the rotation and it especially would add depth to it. Due to him being an older guy, I see it as a chance to help pitching coach Steve Foster develop these younger pitchers and learn from a veteran.

Spot in the rotation: 3rd. I don’t really see Lynn as ace material. I’d put him behind Bettis, so essentially moving Bettis up to second or down to fourth and having Lynn as the mainstay third in the rotation.

Price: Lance Lynn is not a Scott Boras client, I repeat not a Boras client. That being said, last year he made $7.5 million. This year, it’s projected he is asking for around $15 million per season.

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