There's no doubt that John Lackey is the big name starting pitcher on this year's free agent market. Lackey is the only guy available, who can be legitimately counted on to lead a starting staff and be a No. 1 starter.
However, there's considerable risk with John Lackey. In each of the past two seasons, Lackey has missed significant time because of injuries. That fact has to be very concerning.
So I look at John Lackey's free agency like this: it will be a struggle between two sides. One side will see Lackey the ace, who is the only legit No. 1 starter on this year's market, while the other side will see risk and a bad contract waiting to happen.
How will this struggle play out on the free agent market? Let's take a look:
The Case for Lackey
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Article written by Josh Levitt