Dec 15, 2009, 6:36 PM EDT
The Boston Globe’s Nick Carfardo reports that the Red Sox and John Lackey still haven’t finalized a five-year, $82.5 million contract because of issues regarding contract language.
According to Cafardo, the Red Sox want something in the contract that would protect them in case Lackey goes down with a pre-existing medical issue, presumably related to his elbow problems of the last two years. There’s similar language in J.D. Drew’s five-year deal involving his right shoulder, which had given him problems previously in his career.
While Drew’s deal is hardly unique, it might be a first if the Red Sox can get themselves protected against an arm injury to a pitcher. It’s buyer beware when entering into a long-term deal with a pitcher, particularly since taking out an insurance policy has become so expensive, when they’re available at all, that most teams forgo them these days.
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