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Viva El Birdos Nov 24, 2015

John Lackey with no shortage of suitors in free agency

John Lackey had a solid year with the Cardinals last season, and as a free agent, he is drawing a lot of interest. John Lackey had a very good season with the Cardinals, leading the team in innings pitched, and even received a fifth place vote for the Cy Young award the season. Lackey was playing on a $500,000 contract, but made closer to $2 million after the Cardinalsoffered him incentives based on innings pitched. After the season, the Cardinals put to bed any rumors that there was a "handshake deal" not to make a qualifying offer to Lackey. The Cardinals made the $15.8 million qualifying...
Fenway Nation Nov 20, 2015
Red Sox Are Reportedly Interested In Signing John Lackey

Red Sox Are Reportedly Interested In Signing John Lackey

Beckett And LackeyWait a second! According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are among six MLB teams that have "checked in" on John Lackey. As you may recall, Lackey had one his best seasons last year for the Cardinals—pitching on the $507, 500 contract arranged by Boston. The  free-agent posted a 13-10 record in 2015—with a stellar 2.77 ERA. The 37-year old workhorse started 33 games—most in the National League. So, is it worth him re-joining The Carmine Hose? While the chicken and beer budget has been slashed since he left, we should not forget how brilliantly he pitched...
Viva El Birdos Nov 11, 2015

Signing David Price or Zack Greinke makes some sense for the St. Louis Cardinals, but...

Sign Jason Heyward. ...that does not mean they should do it. With the unsettling, but not particularly surprising news that Lance Lynn will miss all of 2016 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, many have wondered whether or not this should lead to a change in offseason plans for the St. Louis Cardinals. When Lynn was believed to be healthy and a qualifying offer was extended to John Lackey, priority number one was very clearly re-signing 26-year-old outfielder Jason Heyward. Now, with Lynn out for 2016, arguments have been presented that filling a #2- to #3-sized hole in the starting...
Gordo: Lackey the best choice to replace Lynn

Gordo: Lackey the best choice to replace Lynn

After the season ended, the Cardinals seemed unlikely to keep both Jaime Garcia and John Lackey. But Lance Lynn's elbow injury changed all of that.
Viva El Birdos Nov 6, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals free agents: What might John Lackey's contract look like?

Less than 12 hours after the Kansas City Royals recorded the final out of the World Series, a cadre of major-league ballplayers with six or more years of service time were set free. One of those free agents is John Lackey, the veteran righthander who played for a base salary of $507,500 a year ago, but wound up earning $2,507,500 by hitting five innings-pitched benchmarks that increased his earnings by $400,000 each and combined to increase his overall pay by $2,000,000. Now a free agent able to sign with whomever he wishes for as much money as he can get, Lackey will assuredly receive a...
Viva El Birdos Nov 5, 2015

Comparing the repertoires of St. Louis Cardinals pitchers Marco Gonzales and Tim Cooney

Barring a setback in the offseason rehabilitation of Carlos Martinez's strained shoulder, the 2016 starting rotation is basically set for the St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Wainwright will almost certainly lead the way as the staff ace, followed by Martinez, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn, and Michael Wacha. Considering no player has ever accepted a qualifying offer (and unsubstantiated rumors of a "handshake agreement" between John Lackey and the Cardinals front office about not offering a QO), 37-year-old Lackey will be pitching elsewhere in 2015. After three seasons of LOOGYing, Randy Choate is...
Viva El Birdos Nov 1, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals podcast: Jaime Garcia option, John Lackey's free agency, the bullpen, and Alex Reyes

Craig Edwards joins Ben Humphrey. Viva El Birdos editor and Fangraphs writer Craig Edwards joined Ben Humphrey on November 1, 2015, to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals. The pair discussed the weather, World Series schedule, and: The Cardinals' decision to exercise Jaime Garcia's $11.5 million option for 2016 John Lackey's forthcoming free-agent contract The St. Louis bullpen Prospect Alex Reyes

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