Cardinals exercise John Lackey’s $500,000 option

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Part of the reason why the Cardinals acquired John Lackey from the Red Sox on July 31 is that his contract included an uncommon $500,000 option for 2015 thanks to his previously missing time following Tommy John elbow surgery.

Today the Cardinals made the no-brainer move of exercising that option, bringing back Lackey for the league minimum salary following a season in which he threw 198 innings with a 3.82 ERA.

Lackey was mediocre after the trade, starting 10 games for St. Louis with a 4.30 ERA and 48/15 K/BB ratio in 61 innings, but the 36-year-old will slot into the middle of the rotation for next season.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.