Originally written on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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No player on the Red Sox has had as tumultuous a time with the team than John Lackey. He posted a 14-11 record in his first year in Boston in 2010, with a 4.40 ERA -- although his 3.85 FIP suggests he was the victim of bad luck. That bad luck was no excuse for his terrible 2011; his 6.41 ERA was by far the worst for a Red Sox starter with at least 150 innings. It now appears that his poor 2010 and 2011 were the result of pain in his pitching elbow, which eventually led to Lackey missing all of 2012 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Lackey is signed through 2014, but the Sox have a $500,000 vesting option for 2015 because of the time Lackey missed last season. The question now is whether Boston can retain some value from Lack in these last two or three seasons, or whether this $82.5 million dollar contract will go down as one of the worst in Boston history. So far, Lackey has brought value to the Sox this season, albeit in the smallest of sample sizes. In his first start in eight...
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