Chicago Cubs fans must be thrilled about having a new team president that was the mastermind of two Boston Red Sox World Series titles. It’s going to be great! Wait ’til you see who you get now!
Well, while Theo Epstein did some great things for the Red Sox, he hasn’t been stellar as of late. This past offseason, he signed a Carl Crawford, a player the owner never wanted, to a seven-year, $142 million contract. That’s a lot of money for .255 and 11 HR’s. And Epstein’s idea of adding pitching help at the trade deadline was oft-injured, five-innings-per-start Erik Bedard.
But, one of his worst moves came in 2009 and now it looks even worse. Not only is John Lackey’s five-year, $82.5 million contract one of the worst in all of sports, he now won’t be even able to earn any of that money for at least a year or so.
Lackey is undergoing Tommy John surgery.
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On one hand, you can say that this makes the 33-year old an even bigger bust as a free agent. But on the other, you can say that it will keep his 5.26 ERA and 1.50 WHIP since signing the deal on the bench.
Great ready, Cubs fans! You thought the Alfonso Soriano deal was bad? You ain’t seen nothing yet!