In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to Bigpapa1977's comment:
Why should the Red Sox rip it up? Lackey got $82.5M and was damaged good for two year, with one of those years, being on the DL for the entire season. He signed the contract knowing that if he was out, he'd have to play for $500K in 2015.
The Red Sox have him for a steal in 2015, but rightfully so. Lackey made out in 2012, making $16M and not throwing one pitch.
The guy to trade would be Dempster. Eat 20-40% of his contract and trade him.
The Red Sox (or some new team) will rip it up, as they know that he will not play for 500,000. Rookie scrubs make 500,000. John Lackey just came off of a season in which he started the clinching game of the World Series and was one of two dependable starters all season. The Red Sox insured the contract and I am sure were reimbursed for Lackey's lost year.
I am not saying that Lackey earned the 82,500,000, but that doesn't really matter. If he holds out, then he will get paid. Likely, the issue is addressed before the end of the 2014 season.
Why should the Red Sox pay him for not pitching at all for a whole year? John Lackey agreed to that contract and unless its restructured in some way WILL play for $500K. I am pretty sure that just opting out of it is simply not an option available to him
I think Bigpapi is just busting chops, or else he knows nothing about the RS, or BB, or Lackey. I have no doubt Lackey will keep his word.