John Lackey made between $15 million and and $18 million a year for the past several seasons. This year, because of a weird team option, he’ll make the major league minimum salary. Which I do not assume is the reason for his real estate downsizing, but let’s pretend it is anyway. This is what he’s unloading:
You can see the rest of the pictures and the listing for this Fort Worth, Texas home here. It’s . . . not a subtle place. Really, I can’t imagine how anyone lives in a house like this. Or what inspires anyone to. Even if you have a gajillion dollars in the bank.
It’s over 10,000 square feet. It has three different living rooms on the ground floor alone and four fireplaces. It has an eight car garage. It has a pool area which is insane but, because Fort Worth gets cold in the winter and Lackey works out of town between February and October, one wonders if he’s ever used it. Maybe on a road trip to play the Rangers? During the All-Star break?
To each his own, I suppose. But how does one get comfy in a house like that? Which living room do you hunker down in to watch a movie? And how far is it to go to get a refill on your drink?
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported this afternoon that the Phillies signed veteran reliever Drew Storen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. If Storen makes the major league roster, he will earn a $750,000 salary.
Storen, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017 with the Reds. That year, he posted a 4.45 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 23 walks over 54 2/3 innings. Storen then underwent Tommy John surgery, which cost him the entire 2018 campaign. He inked a minor league deal with the Royals last year but struggled in nine appearances with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, resulting in his being released in June.
Robert Murray reports that the Phillies have also signed pitcher Bud Norris to a minor league contract. The right-hander, who turns 35 years old in March, missed the 2019 season due to a forearm injury. Norris was last seen in the majors in 2018 with the Cardinals, compiling a 3.59 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 21 walks over 57 2/3 innings of relief.
The Phillies had major bullpen problems last year and haven’t otherwise made any new additions so far this offseason. They’re hoping Storen and Norris have a little bit left in the tank.