The Chicago Cubs made a move to bolster their starting rotation on Friday, agreeing to a two-year deal with veteran righty John Lackey.
Via Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Sources: Lackey in agreement with #Cubs, two years, $32M-$34M, pending physical.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2015
As Rosenthal said, Lackey's contract is pending a physical. However, it appears a foregone conclusion that he'll be reunited with former Boston Red Sox teammate Jon Lester in the Cubs' rotation.
Lackey went 13-10 with a career-best 2.77 ERA in 33 starts for the St. Louis Cardinals this year. He was lights out against the Cubs too, going 2-0 with a 1.25 ERA in three starts (21.2 innings) against Chicago.
At 37 years old, Lackey wasn't going to be able to command a three- or four-year deal like other pitchers in the tier below David Price and Jordan Zimmermann. However, he'll still be making in the neighborhood of $16-17 million per year with the Cubs over the next two seasons.Back to the Chicago Cubs Newsfeed