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.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.