Report: Cubs continuing to be connected to John Lackey, Alex Gordon

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It is no secret that the Chicago Cubs have holes to fill in both the outfield and starting rotation and as expected, the team is attempting to address those needs via free agency.

Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com passes along chatter from his sources, saying there is “a lot of John Lackey and Alex Gordon to the Cubs speculation.”

On a recent appearance on SportsNet 590 The Fan, I mentioned that I believe Lackey is a target for the Cubs and Gammons confirms that.

Lackey, 37, was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2014 season in a trade with the Boston Red Sox. With the Cardinals, Lackey put up some of the best stats of his career, going 13-10 with a career best 2.77 ERA and a 175/53 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 33 starts last season.

On the open market, Lackey figures to draw solid interest as a second-tier pitcher in such a deep free agent class for starting pitching. At the start of free agency, MLBTradeRumors.com projected Lackey to land a three-year, $50 million deal with the Cubs.

Gordon, 31, is one of the top available free agent outfielders and given how he can make an impact both offensively and defensively, he should have no problem finding a big payday.

It’s unclear how much/who is all interested in Gordon, but he figures to have plenty of suitors. MLBTradeRumors.com projects Gordon to land a five-year, $105 million contract.

Both Gordon and Lackey come with the qualifying offer, so any team that signs them has to surrender a draft pick in order to do so.

Follow Robert Murray on Twitter: @RobertMurrayBBE.

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