John Lackey

Listen to Nick Swisher talk about how he just couldn't hit against John Lackey

Nick Swisher had a long and memorable career in the bigs, tallying 245 dingers over 12 seasons and winning a World Series title with the Yankees in …

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Stat corner: Best players in Angels history

Who had the best career in Angels history? We can use the Wins Above Average stat, covered in a previous stat corner, to give one possible answer. Remember, WAA gives you credit for what a player did that was above an average player at their position in the years they played. The number represents …

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Lackey turns down chance to pitch in 2018 !

At the age of 39 pitcher John Lackey isn’t ready to call it a career. Lackey was offered a minor league deal by the Diamondbacks this offseason. …

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Inside Baseball | Preseason Power Rankings

Opening Day is just a week away, and, finally, it looks like most rosters are more or less set for the regular season and most free agents finally …

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2018 Preview: Chicago Cubs

<i>Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and</i> …

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Mark Leiter diagnosed with mild flexor strain

Phillies righty Mark Leiter has been diagnosed with a mild flexor strain, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com (via Twitter). He will be shut …

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While the Cubs and Other NL Central Contenders Make Splashes, the Rest Pack It In

The offseason is over, spring training is in full swing, and despite a few notable names still available on the market, most if not all teams have …

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Grading the offseason: NL Central

It's been a long, brutal slog of an offseason. While there are a multitude of reasons it's moved so slowly, some of which don't appear to be going …

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Three MLB players poised for a bounce-back in 2018

Baseball is back! Mike Trout is 1-for-12! Franchy Cordero is carrying a 1.346 OPS! Life is weird, and spring training performance means very little, …

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Royals Notes: Hahn, Jay

• The UCL sprain that landed <b>Jesse Hahn</b> on the 60-day disabled list may not wind up requiring surgery, reports MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan. Hahn, …

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How much does Jon Lester have left in the tank?

The summer heat has finally descended upon Chicago, but the good news for the Cubs is it appears their bats have rolled in along with the …

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Who will bat leadoff for Cubs?

The summer heat has finally descended upon Chicago, but the good news for the Cubs is it appears their bats have rolled in along with the …

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Dave Martinez brings camels to Nationals spring training

Joe Maddon is well-known for his creative and elaborate spring training motivation techniques. He has had his team do yoga and meditation. This year …

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Red Sox-Martinez deal was all about mutual protection

John Lackey

As another day passes without J.D. Martinez's contract being finalized, it isn't unusual for free-agent deals to be held up for days or even weeks by lengthy medical reviews and/or changes in contract language based on concerns over a potential future injury. The Red Sox went through such situations with J.D. Drew (also a Scott Boras client) and John Lackey. In 2013, the Sox completely re-worked a deal with Mike Napoli after the physical revealed a hip condition.

As another day passes without J.D. Martinez's contract being finalized, it isn't unusual for free-agent deals to be held up for days or even weeks by …

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What can Cubs expect from Chris Gimenez?

<b>Chris Gimenez</b> made his unofficial <b>Chicago Cubs</b> debut on Saturday afternoon, batting eighth as Joe Maddon’s designated hitter in the home opener at …

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Aaron Boone’s No. 17? It’s Personal, Not Motivational

TAMPA, Fla. — The baseball season is an endurance test, running from mid-February until at least the end of October for two lucky teams. In a game that is played at a languid pace — no matter how many times a catcher is permitted to visit the pitcher’s mound — there are surely moments, like a …

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Jon Lester and Joe Maddon against any changes altering game's pace

MESA, Ariz - Chicago Cubs veteran pitcher Jon Lester sounded off on potential pace of play regulations which will likely be implemented before the …

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Addison Russell is so over 2017

The summer heat has finally descended upon Chicago, but the good news for the Cubs is it appears their bats have rolled in along with the …

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Cubs sitting shotgun on road to WS

Saturday’s news that the Cubs were signing Yu Darvish now makes the Cubs the team to beat in the National League.<p>Darvish is the centerpiece of a …

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In a quiet offseason, where in the world is former Cubs RHP John Lackey?

John Lackey has been swallowed by this year’s slow-moving free-agency market.<p>With the league’s top-four free-agent pitchers — Yu Darvish, Jake …

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David Kaplan vs. DOM Frederic

#BattleKap: David Kaplan vs. DOM Frederic<p>The Cubs' Director of Morale (Frederic) joins the CubsTalk Podcast and goes toe-to-toe with David Kaplan on …

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How Bartman got a ring

The summer heat has finally descended upon Chicago, but the good news for the Cubs is it appears their bats have rolled in along with the …

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Steve Cishek: Cubs recruiter?

Steve Cishek hasn't yet thrown a pitch in a Cubs uniform, but he has no problem playing recruiter for his new team, including even trying to bring …

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Report: Cobb rejected 3-year, $42M deal from Cubs

The Chicago Cubs were reportedly spurned in their recent pursuit of free-agent right-hander Alex Cobb.<p>The team offered Cobb a three-year, $42-million …

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Report: J.D. Martinez has five-year offer from Red Sox

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that J.D. Martinez has received a five-year offer from the Boston Red Sox and that Eric Hosmer has a seven-year …

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Lackey, Lester and Maddux to tee-off at celebrity golf tournament in Florida

While Chicagoans brave the cold weather and snow, four former and current Chicago athletes will be enjoying themselves while playing a round of golf …

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STL Podcast: With Wade Davis gone, what's next for Cubs?

The Cubs woke up Wednesday morning 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central.<p>Sure, there's plenty of reason to be …

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20 largest contracts signed by pitchers after Tommy John Surgery

If you match up unsigned pitchers in our MLB free agent tracker with Jon Roegele’s excellent running list of those who had Tommy John surgery, it …

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