A Lackey To The Market

From reading this article, John Lackey would seem to be leaning toward free agency after the 2009 season, though he did express some “surprise” that the Angels haven’t initiated extension talks as of yet, perhaps implying that he’s interested in a current market price extension.

Lackey’s situation is interesting; he could probably sign a large extension right now, at market price, but he could also increase his asking price significantly after a strong 2009 season. 

Of course, he could always stink up the joint in 2009, too, and cost himself all sorts of money.

Lackey indicated fairly recently that he expects to sign an extension before opening day, but that was before the Angels lost out on Mark Teixeira

Since Lackey is on record as stating that  Angel personnel decisions would “absolutely” dictate his willingness to sign an extension, it’s hard to get an accurate read. Regardless, the Angels seem willing to open talks

Lackey has never been shy about blaming his offense after tough losses, but his questionable postgame comments are often more a reflection of his intense competitiveness than any genuine animosity toward the team or his teammates, or at least that’s what we would hope.

Call us unpredictably optimistic, but we see Lackey’s allusions to free agency as gamesmanship and think (hope) that a deal gets done before the season begins.


Leave a comment

Filed under The Angels

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s