The Chicago Cubs were thought to have been a candidate to sign free agent pitcher David Price. However, once he signed with the Boston Red Sox, the Cubs had to turn their attention to the other pitchers on the open market.
The team has signed free agent pitcher John Lackey to a two-year deal to help bolster their starting rotation. He’s new deal is expected to be worth anywhere between $32-34 million.
His contract will be 31.5 million times higher than it was last season with the St. Louis Cardinals. He made $507,500 in the option year of his contract that the Cardinals picked up at the final year of his 2014 season.
Lackey had one of the best seasons of his career this past season. This past season, he went 13-10 with a 2.77 ERA in 218 innings. He also had one complete game on the year, while tying his career-high with 33 starts.
He is 16-13 with a 3.10 ERA in 278 2/3 innings in his National League career. He was 3-3 with the Cardinals in 2014 following a trade from the Boston Red Sox that included Corey Littrell for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly.
He’s had 13 wins twice in his career with the other time coming in 2006 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim when he went 13-11.
His career best came in 2007 when he went 19-9 with a 3.01 ERA in 224 innings.
He signed with the Red Sox following the 2009 season and went 47-43 with a 4.46 ERA in 701 2/3 innings with the BoSox.
The $507,500 salary was the lowest he made since $440,000 in 2005 with the Angels. He made $15,250 in salary split between the Cardinals and the Red Sox in 2014.
He’s made $108,544,166 in his 12-year career. He was granted free agency on November 2nd, 2015.