Boston Inks Lackey To Reported Five-Year Pact
The Boston Red Sox have reached a tentative agreement with John Lackey on a five-year contract worth a little more than A.J. Burnett’s $82.5 million contract he signed with the New York Yankees last off-season.
Lackey was in Boston for a physical exam this afternoon and although specific details are not yet available, it is believe both sides have struck an agreement on a deal that will place Lackey in Boston’s starting rotation for five years to come.
It’s reported that Lackey turned down a $72 million offer from the Los Angeles Angels earlier this offseason to test the market and the Red Sox, who have kept their interest under the radar until now, swept in to sign the 31-year-old.
With the negotiations of free agent Jason Bay hitting a snag, the Sox have diverted their attention to Lackey and other reports have them linked with Mike Cameron on a two-year deal that will make the 36-year-old Cameron Boston’s left-fielder next season. With a hefty investment in Lackey, it would make sense for Theo Epstein and company to keep a lower profile (and budget) with their left-field hole.
The Red Sox starting lineup and rotation for the 2010 season could very well be set in the next few days with the signings of Lackey and Cameron since Mike Lowell’s thumb injury may be forcing him back to Boston, thus re-inserting him back in the third-base hole (although if this happened, the Sox would probably explore other ways of trading Lowell).
However, don’t be surprised if the ball keeps rolling for Epstein as the Lackey signing could be a precursor for more things to come the Red Sox way.