When John Lackey exited after a 1-2-3 fifth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs last month, many assumed that marked his final appearance in the major leagues. The now 39-year-old was expected to retire.

Lackey is not retiring and intends to pitch in 2018, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. He’s a free agent, so he will be looking for major league deals heading into spring training.