Friday, June 13, 2014

Lucchino: 'Open To Possibilities' On Lackey

Larry Lucchino
Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino appeared on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Morning Show today and addressed a number of issues facing The Carmine Hose. Perhaps the most interesting bit of news is that Lucchino hinted at a possible re-negotiation of John Lackey's 2015 contract—which (due to his past arm injuries) is for the MLB minimum of $500,000. Said Lucchino, "It depends on the circumstances. John Lackey has been a tremendous contributor to this team this year and last. And we love having him here, and we'd like to have him here for a longer period of time. We'll see when the time comes to negotiate whether there should be a playing out of the contract, whether there should be renegotiation with an extension. We're open to a variety of possibilities." This may be a signal that the Red Sox are not willing to give Jon Lester what he'll demand—which would heighten the need for some veteran presence (like Lackey) in the rotation.