Toucher On Lackey: ‘He Ain’t Playing For $500K’ In 2015

April 9, 2014 2:27 PM
Toucher On Lackey: ‘He Ain’t Playing For $500K’ In 2015
" BOSTON (CBS) – Because he missed the entire 2012 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox have a team option in 2015 to pick up starting pitcher John Lackey’s contract for $500,000 — a steal with the way he’s been playing the past year.

Lackey closed the door on the Cardinals in game six of the 2013 World Series in the clinching game, and is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA, a WHIP of 0.85, 11 strikeouts and three walks in 2014. With the way things are currently constituted, Lackey’s contract will dip from $15.25 million to $500,000 in a year’s time.

This led to a bigger discussion on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show about honoring contracts.

Fred Toucher, for one, thinks there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell of Lackey playing the season for half a million dollars.

“If I’m John Lackey, and the Red Sox don’t renegotiate my contract in the offseason, I’m not throwing one pitch for the league minimum. Not one,” Fred said to kick off the conversation.

“Why? You got paid $15 million to do nothing for one year while getting back to health "

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