The Cardinals have added three starting pitchers, but their offseason work is far from finished.
The first of three additions to the rotation was a familiar face in Lance Lynn. Lynn made his Major League debut in 2011 with the Cardinals and played a key role in the team's run to their 11th World Series title as a member of the bullpen.
He then transitioned to being a starter and was with the team through the 2017 season. He signed a one-year, $10 million deal on Monday of last week to return to St. Louis.
During his time with the White Sox, Lynn was a pretty durable pitcher, earning an All-Star nod and also helping guide the team to the postseason in 2021. Last season was a different story. In 32 starts with the White Sox and Dodgers, he won 13 games but posted a 5.73 ERA.
And so, this has led Cardinals fans to worry a little bit about the team's new addition. Was 2023 an outlier, or was it the start of a trend? Can he get back to being the pitcher he was in 2021 and 2022 with the White Sox? Might he be on the decline?
There are a lot of unknowns. The signing comes with a bit of a risk, but also is a helpful signing, as Lynn is an innings eater and can be counted on to go deep in games.