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Report: Rangers trade Lance Lynn to White Sox for two prospects

The White Sox are adding a middle of the rotation starter and the Rangers get a pair of prospects in the first notable deal of the 2020 MLB Winter Meetings.

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Lance Lynn #35 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Field on September 24, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

A little over three months after choosing to not trade Lance Lynn at the 2020 MLB trade deadline, the Texas Rangers have found a trading partner at the MLB Winter Meetings. The Rangers are dealing the starting pitcher to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitching prospects Dane Dunning and Avery Weems, per Ken Rosenthal.

The deal is pending medical review, but is expected to go through with relative ease. Lynn will slot in as the White Sox No. 3 starter behind Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel. Lynn made 13 starts for the Rangers in the shortened 2020 season and finished 6-3 with a 3.32 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and 2.3 WAR. He finished sixth in Cy Young balloting a year after finishing fifth.

Dunning would have slotted in the White Sox rotation after making seven starts in the shortened 2020 season. Now, he will join the Rangers rotation in the spring, while Weems will continue working his way up in the minor leagues. The Rangers spent a sixth round pick on Weems in 2019 and he spent the rest of that season in Rookie ball between the Pioneer League and the Arizona League.