Cherington: Expect Lackey on Sox in 2015 for $500,000

Cherington: Expect Lackey on Sox in 2015 for $500,000
June 19, 2014, 10:30 am
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John Lackey is pitching like a No. 1 starter this season.

Next season, he's going to be paid like a journeyman.

Built into the five-year, $82.5 million contract Lackey signed with the team back in 2010 was that if Lackey did miss a season due to a pre-existing injury, another year would be added to the deal at the end for the Major League minimum, which is $500,000.

Well, Lackey missed the 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery, so the extra year, 2015, was added to the deal.

It's obviously not an ideal scenario for Lackey, but he did get paid an entire year's worth of salary without pitching a game - so it evens out, right? One recent report from FOX Sports has Lackey considering retirement over playing next season for the minimum. Of course, it could be Lackey's camp trying to work over the Sox for a new deal.

But GM Ben Cherington doesn't seem worried. He was asked on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show on Thursday if he envisions Lackey pitching for the Sox next season for $500,000.

"Certainly, yeah," Cherington said. "I think that it's just a function of the times we live in that just how much time and space there is to talk about these things. My feeling about John is that he's an outstanding competitor, outstanding teammate, he's been an excellent pitcher and a huge part of our success last year and he's been outstanding this year and given the way he's pitching, and given what I know of him as a competitor and as a teammate, how much he likes being in a clubhouse, playing this game and competing, I would expect he's gonna want to continue doing that.

"And the contract is the contract and we agreed to a contract back in 2010 whenever it was and you know when you agree to a contract, both sides venture into it and so we- there's really not that much more to say about it. We're glad he's with us and we expect him to come in and continue pitching next year."

No word yet on how Lackey plans to survive on a measly $500,000.