Grading The Deal: Cubs Give John Lackey $32M To Be No. 3 Starte

  • The Chicago Cubs finalized a two-year, $32 million contract with John Lackey on Tuesday afternoon. The addition solidifies the No. 3 spot in Chicago’s starting rotation behind Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester.
     
    Lackey, 37, seems as if an upgrade over Kyle Hendricks, Jason Hammel and Travis Wood, who at different MLB The Show 18 Stubs points throughout the 2015 season acted as Chicago’s third-best starter.

    Adding Lackey accomplishes 2 things. Theo Epstein fortifies the rotation and steals from your division rival St. Louis Cardinals. Lackey posted the cheapest ERA of his career (2.77) as part of his thirteenth Major League season. His 218 innings and effective pitching were the main reason the 2015 Cardinals had success despite losing Adam Wainwright.

    He finished ninth from the National League Cy Young voting, earning votes for your honor with the first time since 2007.

    Lackey’s strikeout and walk rates remained stable, while his great hit rate was improved earlier this season. His FIP (3.57) indicates they are due for the regression, especially when he creeps towards 40. He was poor defensively, adding with a running narrative with Lester section of the same rotation. They were teammates using the chicken-and-beer Boston Red Sox, but that was from the slugging American League East when both were a kid.

    Epstein, who enhances his streak of nepotism, didn’t sign Lackey expecting 60-plus starts in the pitcher we got from April to October. The Cubs will likely be happy having a slight regression that produces the rotation greater. Joe Maddon hopes to locate Lackey more reliable than Hendricks (3.95 ERA), Hammel (an up-and-down 3.74) or Wood (3.84).

    Grade for Cubs: C-

    The salary isn’t exorbitant, however the likelihood Lackey is constantly pitch like a highly regarded-of-the-rotation starter at his age definitely makes the spending questionable. Lackey turns into a $7 million signing bonus and salaries of $12.5 million in each with the next two seasons. The Cubs surrender a higher draft pick on the Cardinals, who extended a qualifying offer to Lackey. They have a good number of young prospects, so losing the pick doesn’t cut too deep.

    If the Cubs generate a deep run in October 2017, they’ll be asking a 39-year-old Lackey to grab the mound using a famous curse within the line within a swing game. If they weren’t likely to go for broke and add David Price or Zack Greinke, it would happen to be prudent to provide a young pitcher some seasoning or try to find a cheaper stopgap.

    Grade for Lackey: A

    Lackey has collected a lot more than $100 million during his career, but earned this payday. He was essentially the most valuable pitchers in baseball earlier this season thanks to some $507,500 salary. Lackey’s last contract, originally signed using the Boston Red Sox, requested him to generate the minimum in 2015 if he missed significant time. He missed the MLB 18 Stubs for sale complete 2012 campaign following Tommy John surgery.

    His performance in 2015 put him in position to become selective in free agency. The Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and also the Cardinals were all related to Lackey.

    The Cubs give Lackey seemingly all he could require -- money, familiar faces along with a chance to win third World Series.