In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I think we should look to restructure his deal in order to spread out the luxury limit hit we have this winter.
Lackey is due $15.25M in 2014 and about $500K for 2015. ($16.5 and $ 0.5M towards the luxury limit budget)
If we can offer him $8.5M for 2014 and $8.5M for 2015, he'll make $1.25M more overall, but it will save us about $8M off the luxury limit this year, but add about $8M in 2015, a year we dump a boatload of contracts off the books.
I wouldn't be against adding a 3rd year or a club option 3rd year, but Lackey will probably want a lot of money for 2016 and beyond.
if you restructure, I would assume you would have to add another year to the deal for lackey to take it. His AAV this year is 13.25 I believe.
My offer gives him $1.25M more than he will make over the next 2 years. I think he'll take it, especially if he knows it might help make us more competitive in 2014.
(I suppose we could add another $500K, if he insists.)