October 27, 2011 4 Comments
At his inaugural press conference, new GM Ben Cherington announced that pitcher John Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss all of 2012.
Several take-home points from this:
- Lackey’s poor showing in 2011 was likely due at least in part to his bum elbow; it wasn’t completely a change in talent level so much as it was an injury.
- The front office should have secured another starter besides Erik Bedard, or at least had a better contingency plan.
- The lost season means that Lackey’s option year kicks in for the league minimum (making him potentially tradeable towards the end of his deal).
- The option year means that the AAV of his deal goes down to $13.8M, which helps in determining the CBT payroll.
The Sox will have to be in on one substantial free agent pitcher, or else swing a deal for one this offseason. What do you think is the right approach?