What to expect: Since he missed all of last season, we’ll treat Lackey as a new acquisition. Lackey has a 5.26 ERA in two seasons with the Red Sox. He has two years remaining on his $82.5 million contract. He had reconstructive elbow surgery 15 months ago and is hoping to bounce back to the form that made him one of the top five pitchers in the AL in wins, strikeouts, shutouts, and starts.
Who he replaces: Lackey slots in near the back end of Boston’s rotation. He takes the place of Daisuke Matsuzaka and Aaron Cook, who combined to make 29 starts with an ERA around seven.