White Sox, Lynn agree to 2-year, $38M extension

Fresh off his first All-Star appearance in nearly a decade, right-hander Lance Lynn has agreed to a two-year, $38 million contract extension with the Chicago White Sox, the team announced Saturday.

Lynn will make $18.5 million each of the next two seasons. The deal includes an $18 million club option for 2024 with a $1 million buyout.

Lynn, who pitched the second inning of Tuesday’s American League win, is 9-3 with a 1.99 ERA — which would be a career best — over 16 starts for the White Sox this season.

The 34-year-old was set to be a free agent in the offseason after joining the White Sox in a trade from the Texas Rangers in December.

With Lynn helping anchor the rotation, the White Sox had an eight-game lead in the AL Central heading into Saturday’s game against the Houston Astros.

“We are thrilled to be able to keep Lance in a White Sox uniform for the next several seasons,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “He very quickly proved himself to be not only an All-Star caliber addition to the front of our rotation but also the positive clubhouse presence that we envisioned at the time of the acquisition. We look forward to Lance continuing to be a big part of what we’re hoping to accomplish not just in 2021 but now beyond.”

Lynn’s season got off to a strong start with an 18⅔-inning streak without allowing an earned run, which was the longest by a White Sox starter since 1976, when Wilbur Wood had a 21-inning streak to start the season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Lynn also was an All-Star in 2012 with the St. Louis Cardinals, who drafted him in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft. He broke into the majors with the Cardinals in 2011 and is 113-74 with a 3.48 ERA in 276 career games, including 252 starts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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