John Lackey posted his 12th season of double digit wins in 2014 yet there is nothing to indicate that the St. Louis Cardinals are willing to pay him more than the league minimum.
Lackey made $15.25 million last season as he split time between the Boston Red Sox and Cardinals but now he will enter the 2015 season playing for the league minimum thanks to a clause in the contract he signed with the Red Sox that said he would have a sixth season added to his contract if he were to miss significant time.
The Red Sox signed Lackey to a five-year $82 million contract before the 2010 season.
While the 36-year-old Lackey would be more than willing to sign a new deal with the Cardinals there has been nothing from the Cardinals to suggest they want to extend him beyond this season.
“If it’s something that works for both sides. I would like it,” said Lackey, “This group of guys … this organization … it’s a great place to be and it’s something I would entertain for sure.”
Lackey was 3-3 with a 4.30 ERA for the Cardinals once being acquired.
“I’m not closing the door on anything but I’m not pursuing anything either at this point,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “I don’t feel that either party is pushing, for that matter.”