#Cubs sign Lackey to 2 year deal
The Cubs added a key piece to the rotation on Tuesday, formally announcing the signing of free agent John Lackey to a two-year, $32 million contract.
“It’s really exciting to get John,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the addition, announced at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn.
Maddon and Lackey were first together in Anaheim, and the right-hander helped the Angels win the 2002 World Series, winning Game 7 against the Giants. Maddon quipped that the pitcher’s performance in the postseason “actually helped pay for my daughter’s wedding — I was very grateful for many years for that.”
Lackey, 37, will be slotted in behind his former Red Sox teammate Jon Lester and National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta. Not a bad combination.
“He’s one of the best competitors I’ve ever been around,” Maddon said. “He demands a lot on a daily basis when he plays of himself and his team, and I love it. I really believe the particular kind of edge that John provides is really going to be helpful for us moving forward. I like the idea of coming off the year we had to add this kind of personnel to the group I think it will benefit us even more. Our veterans within the group are spectacular and now you get to add John Lackey.”
Lackey was 13-10 with a career-best 2.77 ERA in 33 starts with the Cardinals last year, and finished ninth in the Cy Young voting.
“I think he’s good for us,” Maddon said. “He’s almost a perfect fit for us after the season we just had.”
— Carrie Muskat