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John Lackey | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Grayson County (TX) CC
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday in Jupiter, Florida that restructuring John Lackey's contract is not a front-burner issue.
Lackey is due just $507,500 in 2015 on a club option that was added to the end of his five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Red Sox following his 2011 Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals may throw some performance incentives on top of that MLB-minimum salary, but it doesn't sound like an extension is coming. "Obviously, the compensation for 2015 was attractive to us," Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "In terms of trying to change that structure, I don’t know if both parties are going to find there’s a very desirable reason to do that, considering the opportunities that might exist for him entering his free agent year." Feb 19 - 9:19 AM

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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak will meet with the agent for John Lackey at next week's Winter Meetings to discuss reworking the right-hander's contract for 2015.

Lackey is due to make the major league minimum on a club option that was added to the end of his five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Red Sox after he underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2011. The Cardinals will likely throw some performance-based bonuses on top of the base $507,500 salary. Lackey said in July that he fully intends to honor the option, but Mozeliak wisely wants to ensure that the 36-year-old stays motivated.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Cardinals exercised RHP John Lackey's $500,000 club option for 2015.

The MLB-minimum option was added to Lackey's five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox after he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in October 2011, and Lackey told the Cardinals this summer that he fully intends to honor it. Lackey turned 36 years old last week and wasn't exactly dominant after the trade that sent him from Boston to St. Louis, but it's obviously still a heck of a bargain.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 02:36:00 PM

John Lackey on Friday reiterated his plans to play next season.

Some have speculated that Lackey could retire rather than play under the Cardinals' $500,000 option for next season (which kicked in after he missed the 2012 campaign following Tommy John surgery). However, Lackey, who will turn 36 later this week, fully intends to honor the final year of his contract. "Great experience here," Lackey said. "Obviously it didn’t end the way we’d like it to. No complaints at all. A lot of young guys that will be back, and they’re big contributors. Definitely don’t see why not. The reason I came here was I had every intention of playing next year."
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 10:07:00 AM

John Lackey was charged with four runs on five hits and a walk over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

Lackey had a rough first inning, leaving some balls up and allowing all four of his runs, including a bases-clearing double by Travis Ishikawa. He really settled in after that, though, allowing just one hit and a hit by pitch over the next five frames. The Cardinals battled back to tie it up and take Lackey off the hook, but they eventually fell in the 10th inning.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 07:49:00 PM

John Lackey struck out eight while tossing seven innings of one-run ball in Monday's 3-1 victory in Game 3 of the NLDS.

Lackey was a little shaky early on, having to pitch out of jams in the first and second innings. He really settled in after that, though, other than when he gave up a two-out RBI double to Hanley Ramirez in the sixth. The veteran right-hander's velocity dipped late in the regular season, but it was there for him tonight. The Cardinals will send Shelby Miller to the mound on Tuesday versus Clayton Kershaw as they look to wrap up the series and advance to the NLCS.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 12:47:00 AM

John Lackey allowed two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs.

Those two runs crossed the plate on a triple by Cubs starter Jake Arrieta in bottom of the fourth inning. Lackey was otherwise pretty effective, striking out eight batters over his six-plus frames. He should be a member of the Cardinals' postseason rotation.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:50:00 PM

John Lackey returned to form Friday by allowing just six hits and one run over 7 2/3 innings as part of a 2-1 victory over the Reds.

Lackey's last turn in the rotation was skipped after he complained of a dead arm, but he bounced back nicely Friday by holding the Reds to six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. He threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of the 28 batters he faced. The Reds' offense isn't scaring anyone these days, but it was an encouraging performance. He'll look to keep it going next week against the Cubs.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:06:00 AM

John Lackey (arm) is scheduled to pitch in Friday's series-opener against the Reds.

Lackey was skipped from his last turn after complaining of arm fatigue, but he felt better after a side session on Tuesday. The veteran right-hander has an ugly 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining the Cardinals.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 05:54:00 PM

John Lackey (arm) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium.

Lackey was skipped from his last turn in the Cardinals' starting rotation due to a case of dead arm, but he is in line to return Friday and is expected to do just that. The veteran right-hander owns a rough 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining St. Louis.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 05:10:00 PM

John Lackey admitted Sunday that he's going through a "dead arm" phase.

It's not a surprise given that Lackey's velocity and results have been down in recent outings. The Cardinals are skipping his next turn in the rotation in hopes that he'll be able to regain his form next weekend.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 12:56:00 PM

The Cardinals have elected to skip John Lackey's next turn in the rotation.

Lackey's velocity has been down and he's struggled in his last three outings, so the Cards will give him some extra rest. They'll go with Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller on regular rest against the Brewers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Lackey will take the ball next weekend versus the Reds.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 11:20:00 AM

John Lackey was ejected in the third inning of Wednesday's start against the Reds for arguing balls and strikes.

Lackey was apparently displeased with home plate umpire Tom Hallion's strike zone, and his thoughts weren't appreciated. Lackey had allowed two runs on four hits over his two innings of work before being tossed. Tyler Lyons replaced him on the mound.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 08:05:00 PM

John Lackey was once again hit hard in a losing effort against the Brewers on Friday, allowing six runs on nine hits over his six frames.

Lackey struck out six and walked just one on the evening. A two-run homer from Khris Davis in the sixth inning was the biggest blow against him. It has been a tough go for the veteran right-hander since putting on a Cardinals uniform, registering a 4.87 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over his first seven starts. He'll look to turn things around when he does battle against the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 11:24:00 PM

John Lackey allowed five runs -- two earned -- over 6 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the Cubs on Sunday.

The Cubs put up five runs in the second inning, aided by Lackey's throwing error that plated the first run, but he settled down to hold them in check for the rest of his afternoon. Lackey walked just one while striking out six in the game. He wasn't around for the team's come-from-behind win, leaving his record at 13-8 with a 3.74 ERA on the year. He's got a big divisional contest with the Brewers on tap for Friday.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 06:54:00 PM

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