Lackey, 37, was heavily courted this winter, drawing interest from the Giants, Cardinals, Dodgers, Red Sox, Marlins and Diamondbacks before coming to terms with Chicago. He is signing with a Theo Epstein-run team for the second time in his career, as he signed a 5-year deal with the Red Sox while Epstein was running the team in 2009.
Lackey will provide a veteran arm behind Jake Arrieta and ex-Red Sox teammate John Lackey in Chicago, filling out a rotation that is also expected to include Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel. Chicago has been linked to multiple starting pitchers this winter, but had to go with a lesser option after losing out on Jordan Zimmermann and David Price.
Chicago will be the fourth team for Lackey, who has spent time with the Angels (2002-09), Red Sox (2010-14) and Cardinals (2014-15). The 2-time World Series champion and 2007 AL All-Star is the owner of a lifetime 165-127 record and 3.92 ERA in 388 career appearances (387 starts).