Cardinals exercise 2015 option on veteran pitcher John Lackey

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The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised their 2015 option on starting pitcher John Lackey, the team announced Thursday

Lackey will make the major league minimum next season, just over $500,000.

It was an expected move for the Cardinals, who traded for Lackey at the July 31 deadline knowing they would be able to pick up his option for next season. 

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When Lackey signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in 2009, one of the provisions was that if he missed significant time during those five years, there was a 2015 option at the league minimum. Lackey missed the entire 2012 season after having Tommy John surgery. 

Lackey, 36, said in August that he would honor his contract for next season rather than retire. The veteran has earned more than $100 million over his 12-year career, according to the team

Lackey went 14-10 in 2014 with a 3.82 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 198 innings. 

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The Cardinals won the NL Central after going 90-72 in 2014, and lost to the eventual-champion San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. 

- Molly Geary