The Cubs and Lackey have agreed to a 2/32 deal, paying Lackey $16m each season. Lackey is coming off his best season since 2007, posting a 2.77 ERA with a 3.57 FIP, along with a ludicrous 82.6% strand rate.
If only the Cubs played in a large market and could afford the likes of David Price or Zack Grienke, but alas.
I trust him more than Jason Hammel, but not $32 million dollars more. The Cubs could have used an innings eater like Lackey going down the stretch last year and certainly in those crazy Hendricks/Hammel games in the playoffs, but I can hardly think of a less exciting upgrade to this team.