MLB Analyst Doubts Cardinals' Lynn, Gibson Signings

Cardinals Face Major Roster Changes Amidst Pitching Challenges.

by Nouman Rasool
MLB Analyst Doubts Cardinals' Lynn, Gibson Signings
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The St. Louis Cardinals have recently bolstered their pitching roster by signing veteran pitchers Kyle Gibson and Lance Lynn. Both pitchers, aged 36, bring over a decade of Major League Baseball experience to the team. The Cardinals announced the signing of these right-handed pitchers (RHP) to one-year contracts for the 2024 season, with an option for 2025.

Lynn, a two-time All-Star and a key player in the Cardinals' 2011 World Series victory, and Gibson, a University of Missouri alumnus with top 10 rankings in several American League categories in 2023, are expected to bring depth and experience to the Cardinals' pitching staff.

However, their performance in the tumultuous 2023 season raises questions about their potential impact. Lance Lynn, after splitting the season between the Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox, posted a 5.73 ERA, allowing 44 home runs in 32 starts.

Gibson, while making an AL-best 33 starts, has struggled with a 4.88 ERA over the past two seasons with the Phillies and the Baltimore Orioles.

Cardinals' Pitching Crisis

The Cardinals' starting pitching has been a primary concern, especially following a disappointing 71-91 finish last season – their first last-place finish in the NL Central since 1990.

With the retirement of veteran Adam Wainwright and the trade of ace Jordan Montgomery to the Texas Rangers, the Cardinals are in dire need of reliable starters. Former player and current MLB Network analyst Kevin Frandsen shared his thoughts on the acquisition.

Frandsen questioned whether the signings of Lynn and Gibson truly address the Cardinals' need for a radical improvement in their pitching lineup. With the future of pitchers Jack Flaherty and Miles Mikolaus uncertain as they approach free agency, the pressure is on for Lynn and Gibson to perform.

The 2024 season could be pivotal for both Lynn and Gibson, potentially marking the end of their careers if they fail to deliver. The Cardinals' strategy seems to be setting a "trial period" with these one-year contracts, but with high stakes involved, it remains to be seen if these veterans can turn around their recent struggles and contribute to a much-needed revitalization of the Cardinals' pitching strength.

Furthermore, the Cardinals are also exploring additional avenues to strengthen their rotation, showing interest in younger, emerging talents from the minor leagues and keeping an eye on other potential free-agent signings.

This approach indicates a balanced strategy, blending experience with fresh talent, as the Cardinals aim to rebuild a formidable pitching staff for the upcoming season.