According to Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times, the Angels plan to contact John Lackey’s agent to initiate negotiations soon on a long-term extension. Lackey is eligible for free agency after the season.
The pitcher would like to get something done before the season if it’s going to happen. He’s open to re-signing but finds free agency alluring as well. Lackey surely realizes he’d be the best available free agent starter with a strong ’09.