The Angels have exercised 30-year old righty starting pitcher John Lackey’s option for the 2009 season valued at $9 million bucks. That is a bargain as many pitchers not in Lackey’s league make more money that he does. Lackey pitched in 24 games (all starts) for the Angels last season and he was 12-5 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Lackey has now pitched in 207 games (206 starts) for the Angels and he is 91-63 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. This was another smart move by the Angels as Lackey is one of the best pitchers in the American League.