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.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.