John Lackey has officially been a St. Louis Cardinal for just a shade over 24 hours, but he’s already committing to his new ballclub for another year.
The Cardinals acquired the right-hander from the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, and with Lackey, came his funky contract. When Lackey signed with Boston as a free agent before the 2010 season, the Red Sox tacked on a club option for 2015 that would pay him the league minimum if he missed “significant” time due to a pre-existing elbow injury.
The clause proved to be a smart move by the club, as he missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but now that option belongs to St. Louis. While some speculated the 35-year-old would attempt to renegotiate his contract to earn more than the $500,000 he’s due in 2015 or perhaps even retire, Lackey said those won’t be the routes he takes.
Lackey reaffirms that he will honor contract and pitch next season for ML minimum. Said his decision partially hinged on where he landed.—
Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) August 01, 2014
That’s a serious win for the Cards, who not only receive a veteran who has posted a 3.60 ERA through 21 starts this season as they gear up for their postseason run, but a bargain next season as well.