The Chicago Cubs have an agreement to sign John Lackey. The 37-year-old starting pitcher reunites with former teammates Boston Red Sox teammates Jon Lester and David Ross.

And the deal is officially worth $32 million.

Lackey came up big for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015, filling in as the team’s ace after Adam Wainwright went down early in the season. He had a 2.77 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, racking up 218 innings over 33 starts.

He has a career 3.92 ERA spanning over his 13-year career. More importantly, though, his postseason numbers are impressive. Lackey has pitched in the playoffs eight different seasons, starting 20 games and appearing in 23 games. He’s totaled 127.1 innings and has recorded a 3.11 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. The righty is no stranger to big stage, as he’s won World Series clinching games twice, the first as a rookie with the Angels in 2002 and then again with the Red Sox in 2013 against the Cardinals.

And adding to his relationship with Lester and Ross, Lackey is also familiar with his new manager.

Despite having Tommy John Surgery in 2011 that forced him to miss the 2012 season, he’s been healthy and a work horse in the rotation. Lackey has pitched 189.1 innings, 198 innings and 218 innings from 2013-15. In those three seasons he’s recorded a 3.37 ERA in St. Louis and Boston combined.

The interest by the Cubs for Lackey didn’t just start this offseason. According to Gordon Wittenmyer, the Cubs had an eye on the starter since July.

One Cubs official said he’d “love” adding Lackey – who has twice won World Series clinchers — to a rotation that already has a playoff-caliber front end.

Lester, who as a free agent last winter asked Lackey about the Cardinals, said Lackey has asked him more recently about what it’s like playing for the Cubs.

And not only does Lackey have a relationship with Cubs president Epstein, but he also said he believes in the staying power of the Cubs’ young core and the team’s direction.


That turns out to be true.

And you know Lester loves the move because during the middle of the 2015 season he said the following.

“I think he’s going to be the sleeper of this offseason, ” Lester said. “I’m biased, but I’d love to see him over here.”

“I know if you ask anybody around the game that has ever played with him, they would say the same as I say about him, nothing but good things: competitor, great teammate, great clubhouse guy.”

(Jon Lester)

As of now, Lackey will be the No. 3 starter for the Cubs.

This may also mean that Jeff Samardzija may no longer be sought after by the Cubs. Discussion early on Friday was that the price for him was getting too high.

It was reported that he had a $90 million offer on the table.

The latest coming from Theo Epstein on Friday afternoon was that the team was still having talks with him, so we’ll see.