#Cubs reportedly sign Lackey
The Cubs filled a hole in the rotation Friday, agreeing to a two-year, $32 million contract with free agent John Lackey. The deal will be finalized pending a physical. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal. The club would not confirm.
Lackey, 37, was 13-10 with a 2.77 ERA in 33 starts with the Cardinals in 2015. He is close friends with Cubs starter Jon Lester and knows Chicago president Theo Epstein from their days together in Boston.
The contract with the Cubs comes six years after Epstein signed Lackey to a five-year, $82.5 million deal in December 2009 with the Red Sox. That deal included a 2015 club option at the Major League minimum salary if Lackey missed significant time with surgery for a pre-existing elbow injury in 2010-14. Lackey did undergo Tommy John surgery after the 2011 season, and missed all of 2012.
The Cardinals will receive a Draft pick as compensation for the Cubs signing Lackey, who received a qualifying offer from St. Louis. Chicago had the 28th pick in the first round.
— Carrie Muskat