John Lackey would like to sign a contract extension with the Cardinals

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All the talk of John Lackey possibly balking at playing out the final year of his unique, Red Sox-negotiated contract for just $500,000 after being traded to the Cardinals proved to be nothing.

He’s set to earn the minimum salary for 2015 and Lackey is also interested in signing an extension to remain with the Cardinals beyond this season, telling Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

If it’s something that works for both sides. I would like it. This group of guys … this organization … it’s a great place to be and it’s something I would entertain for sure.

Lackey also added that “nothing is close,” so for now it’s just an idea. Lackey made $15.25 million in 2013 and that would be a lot closer to his likely per-season asking price for a potential contract extension, although at age 36 the Cardinals would no doubt want to limit the number of years.

Lackey has a 3.67 ERA in 60 starts since returning from the Tommy John elbow surgery that cost him all of 2012, including a 4.30 ERA and 48/15 K/BB ratio in 10 starts for the Cardinals down the stretch last year.

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

Kobe Bryant
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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.