This weekend, we talked about the Chicago Cubs’ many pitching options and how they’ll check in on every reasonable one, including free agent righty John Lackey. Among the second tier starters out there, Lackey does seem like an interesting option for the Cubs.
And are they doing more than just checking in?
Nick Cafardo says that, while the Cardinals are still involved, and Lackey’s other most recent former team, the Red Sox, have inquired, the two teams that may have the “best shot” of signing Lackey are the Cubs and Giants.
Lackey’s preference, according to Cafardo, is to stay in the National League, and certainly the Cubs and Giants will be among the teams that (1) have a clear need for starting pitching, (2) look to be very competitive over the next few years, and (3) play in a city that folks generally seem to like. I could see why, assuming they’re pursuing him, the Cubs and Giants could be among the finalists for a guy like Lackey.
We’ll see, though. We’ve already been told that the Cubs are “favorites” for David Price, and seem “more probable than not” to sign Jeff Samardzija. Not all of these things can actually play out.
Michael took a long look at Lackey, by the way, and the results were pretty intriguing for those who thought a 37-year-old post-Tommy John pitcher could never be a good target.
One other thing: those Giants are looking to nab at least one starter, so they’re probably going to keep popping up in these kinds of conversations about the Cubs’ pursuits. Let’s not forget: last year, Jon Lester’s decision ultimately came down to the Cubs, the Red Sox, and the Giants.