Lackey's BoSox deal not done yet

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The Boston Globe’s Nick Carfardo reports that the Red Sox and John Lackey still haven’t finalized a five-year, $82.5 million contract because of issues regarding contract language.
According to Cafardo, the Red Sox want something in the contract that would protect them in case Lackey goes down with a pre-existing medical issue, presumably related to his elbow problems of the last two years. There’s similar language in J.D. Drew’s five-year deal involving his right shoulder, which had given him problems previously in his career.
While Drew’s deal is hardly unique, it might be a first if the Red Sox can get themselves protected against an arm injury to a pitcher. It’s buyer beware when entering into a long-term deal with a pitcher, particularly since taking out an insurance policy has become so expensive, when they’re available at all, that most teams forgo them these days.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.