Lancaster was an important part of the Cubs’ bullpen in 1989, serving as a setup man to closer Mitch Williams. The Cubs won the division title that year and Lancaster had a career year, posting a 1.36 ERA in 42 games, tacking on eight saves.
In 1992 the Detroit Tigers outbid several other suitors to get the free agent reliever, inking him to a one-year deal that paid him 0,000 to shore up their troubled bullpen. But the 30-year old Lancaster had a terrible season for the Tigers, allowing 155 baserunners in 86 2/3 innings with a 6.33 ERA and 11 home runs allowed. The Cardinals gave him a chance the next season and Lancaster pitched pretty well, but no teams wanted him when he was a free agent in the 1993 offseason so the tall righthander tried to earn his way back to the majors. But after a few seasons in the Blue Jays and Indians organizations he was cut loose and subsequently spent six years pitching in the independent leagues, finally retiring at the age of 39.