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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.