Cardinals could rework John Lackey’s MLB-minimum contract for the 2015 season

24 Comments

At the end of October, the Cardinals exercised a major league-minimum option for 2015 on veteran right-hander John Lackey. That option was added to the end of Lackey’s five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox after he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, and he told the Cardinals in July when they acquired him that he would honor it.

But the St. Louis front office wants to ensure that the 36-year-old remains happy and motivated next year on what will be a base salary of $507,500 …

That “reworking” will probably involve the addition of some performance-based bonuses. The minimum-salary option was one of the primary reasons the Cards traded Joe Kelly and Allen Craig to get Lackey, so they’re not suddenly going to grant him a ton of guaranteed cash. Lackey has already made $108 million in his career.

Corey Kluber removed from his rehab game

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.

Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.

It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.