Pitcher John Lackey just turned 31. His forearm injuries have been babied by a confident Angels staff that took the long-term approach. They are not chronic injuries.
CC Sabathia has a 7 year, $161 Million contract
A.J. Burnett has a 5 year, $82 Million contract
There is going to be some bidding for John's services out there.
The question is not: "Should we bid for him?"
The question is "What is the absolute ceiling that the Angels should offer John Lackey?" followed by the question: "You wanna see Lackey pitching for Seattle, Boston or the Yankees with memories of being pulled in ALCS Game 5?"