Lance Lynn traded from Rangers to White Sox for prospects – The Athletic

No one in the industry could understand it. Why didn’t the Rangers move Lance Lynn at the Aug. 31 trade deadline, when his value might never have been higher?

Turns out there was a reason.

Lynn and his agent at Excel Sports Management, Bobby Barad, informed the Rangers he would opt out of the season if he was sent to a team he did not wish to join, according to major-league sources.

The story ended happily on Monday night for both Lynn and the Rangers, when the team reached agreement with the White Sox on a trade that will reunite the right-hander with his former manager with the Cardinals, Tony La Russa.

The deal, which is pending a review of medical records, seemingly will yield a favorable return for the Rangers – right-hander Dane Dunning, the No. 6 prospect in the White Sox’s deep system according to Keith Law, and left-hander Avery Weems, the Sox’s sixth-round pick in 2019.

Lynn, who will pitch next season at…