|Ht./Wt.:||6-6, 235 lbs.|
John Lackey signed a two-year deal with the Cubs December 8, 2015 after posting a career-best 2.77 ERA (67 ER/218.0 IP) in 2015 with St. Louis ... holds a career record of 165-127 with a 3.92 ERA (1,080 ER/2481.1 IP) in 388 games across 13 major league seasons with the Angels (2002-09), Red Sox (2010-11 and 13-14) and Cardinals (2014-15). Earned All-Star honors in 2007 and has twice finished in the top-10 of the Cy Young voting, finishing third in 2007 and ninth last season. His 2,481.1 innings pitched since the start of the 2002 campaign are fourth-most in the majors while his 165 victories and 387 starts both rank fifth, and his 1,965 strikeouts rank sixth. Has 12 double-digit win seasons since 2003, second-most in the majors behind only Mark Buehrle (13), and has posted 10 or more wins in every full season he has pitched since 2003 ... has reached the 200.0-inning mark six times, including 218.0 innings last season, and has made 31 or more starts in a season eight times. A two-time World Series champion (2002 with Angels, 2013 with Red Sox), he owns an 8-5 record with a 3.11 ERA (44 ER/127.1 IP) in 23 career postseason games, including 20 starts ... the eight victories are second-most among active pitchers, trailing only CC Sabathia's nine victories. In 2002, he started and won Game Seven of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants on three days rest, becoming the first rookie pitcher to win a World Series Game Seven since Pittsburgh's Babe Adams in 1909. Was the 2013 recipient of the Tony Conigliaro Award which is annually presented to a Major League player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Tony C ... also named Comeback Player of the Year by the Boston chapter of the BBWAA. Received the 2007 Tony Conigliaro Award for overcoming adversity … honored with the 2008 Hutch Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, an award given annually to a major league baseball player who best exemplifies "Hutch's" fighting spirit and competitive desire. Was member of MLB team as part of All-Star Series 2006 in Japan. Was originally selected by the Angels in the second round of the 1999 Draft out of Grayson County College in Denison, Texas ... also played one season at University of Texas-Arlington. Graduated from Abilene (Texas) High School in 1997 … played football, basketball and baseball (first base), earning two-time All-District first team honors … named All-State as senior after hitting .541 with 21 RBI.
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