Lance Lynn & Joe Kelly Traded To NL Contender In Huge Deal

The Chicago White Sox have a number of players on the trade block, and today, two of them are on the move in the same deal. Veteran hurlers Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly are heading to the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the NL West leaders beef up their pitching. 

In return, the White Sox receive: RH starter Nick Nastrini (in Double-A), RH reliever Jordan Leasure (Double-A) and OF Trayce Thompson, who was originally drafted by Chicago. 

Lynn is a 2-time All-Star and multi-time Cy Young top-6 candidate, though he's struggled mightily this season. The 36-year-old owns a 6.47 ERA and 1.46 WHIP, while surrendering the most home runs in all of baseball (28). But he does still possess some swing-and-miss stuff, as indicated by his 10.8 K/9. The Dodgers are hoping to harness the rest of his arsenal.

For Kelly, it's a reunion with the team he helped to a World Series championship in 2020, and a return to the place where dropped the most famous pout in the history of baseball.

Kelly has had a rough go of it in Chicago the past couple of years since leaving LA, with injuries playing a major part. 

The Dodgers' pitching has been ravaged by injuries all season, and adding a couple of proven veterans like this could certainly help, if they can get back to being close to their previous form. 

Among the most notable absences for the Dodgers' staff, Walker Buehler and Blake Treinen have yet to pitch this season, and Dustin May has gone down for the year. 

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