Heading into the NLDS, it seemed like a no-brainer that Lance Lynn was going to be back with the Dodgers in 2024. Lynn has a club option on for the 2024 season and the Dodgers need someone to eat innings.
Lynn's performance in the NLDS may have changed the calculus. He was having the best start of any Dodger pitcher in the NLDS until he allowed four home runs in the third inning. It was the first time in postseason history that a team hit four home runs in an inning, and suddenly Lynn's future became a bigger question mark.
In the grand scheme of things, Lynn's club option is relatively cheap. He would have an $18 million luxury tax hit if the Dodgers were to exercise it, per Spotrac. Considering Noah Syndergaard got $13 million from LA last season, that's not a bad deal.
However, this is the same team that decided to non-tender Cody Bellinger to avoid having to pay him $18 million. Bellinger had a larger sample size of poor play, but he also had years of success with the Dodgers to bank on.
If the Dodgers were willing to part ways with Bellinger for $18 million, then they could do the same with Lynn, especially if the team has other pitching free agents to target.