According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey needs Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, which will force him to miss all of 2012.
Matthew Cerrone: From what I recall, the Mets were VERY interested in Lackey when he was a free agent two winters ago. In fact, they set their mark on getting one of Lackey or Jason Bay, just like the Red Sox. The Mets met with Lackey at the start of that off season, but were unwilling to offer more than a three- or four-year deal because, as I wrote here in Feb. 2010, they were concerned about his elbow (as were most teams). Eventually, Lackey signed with the Sox, and most New York media and some fans ripped the Mets for ‘sitting on their hands,’ and ‘being cheap,’ since they were in desperate need of starting pitching.
In his two years with Boston, Lackey is 26-23 with a 5.25 ERA. He missed several starts this past season with a sore elbow and, despite denying a report by Peter Gammons in June that said Lackey might eventually need Tommy John surgery, Lackey is now having Tommy John surgery.
In other words, it’s not how much you spend… it’s how you spend it.