WOW!! What an evening ahead of the Winter Meetings officially beginning Monday.

In the last three hours we have seen both John Lackey and Zack Greinke come off the market in shocking fashion. 

The Cubs reportedly signed Lackey to a 2 year deal worth 32-34 million dollars. The Cubs got a deal there even at that time in my opinion as being able to land Lackey for less than 3 seasons at a AAV of less than 20 million was huge. It became even bigger soon thereafter.

Greinke reportedly signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on  a 6 year deal worth 206 million dollars. That’s over 34 million per season!

The Cubs dodged a huge bullet by getting Lackey ahead of the Greinke decision. The ripple effect of Greinke going to the Diamondbacks cannot be overstated. The secondary pitching market is about to get very, very expensive. 

I would not be at all surprised if both Mike Leake and Jeff Samardjzja got above 100 million now and I would imagine Johnny Cueto nets an offer of 140-150 million from the Dodgers. By getting in under-the-gun the Cubs now have only 2 seasons and less than 40 million dollars committed to a pitcher who was good for a 2.77 ERA, 3.57 FIP, and 3.77 xFIP last season. Good for 3.7 WARP. To put that into context, he out-pitched each of: Mike Leake, Jeff Samardizja, and Jordan Zimmermann. 

There is a good chance each of those players(besides maybe Leake) will have 100 million dollar contracts AND higher AAVs when the season begins.

Okay. Time to breathe. There are a lot more moves that will be made over the next week as the Cubs address CF, potentially one more starting pitcher, and getting a better contact rate out of their lineup. As we wait, here was the Lackey reaction on Twitter:

@samwilbur thinks it’s a pretty cool reunion happening in Chi-Town…I agree.

@lordtruelove questions why not Greinke or Price

@daprofessor4 is excited for the signing.

@teamwoo likes the strategic aspect of the deal.

@zachweber50 thinks this sures up the NL Central for the Cubs

@tmheath99 is shocked by today’s developments 

I’m simply out of breath!

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