Jilted by Bay, BoSox Move On to Lackey
Lackey and the Sox reached a tentative agreement Monday night on a five-year deal worth between $15 million and $17 million a year, according to the Associated Press.
FanHouse was first to report, via a major league source, that, Lackey, the former Angels ace, was in Boston to take a physical on Monday morning.
The addition of Lackey would give Boston a 1-2-3 of Josh Beckett, Lackey and Jon Lester -- a nice move to counter the Yankees' World Series title and acquisition of center fielder Curtis Granderson. But the Sox would still need a corner infielder (or could decide to go with Casey Kotchman at first) and a left fielder -- either a regular or a right-handed hitter to platoon with Jeremy Hermida.
Lackey, 30, is the top pitcher on the free-agent market, by a good margin. He went 11-8 in 2009, his seventh straight season with double-digit wins, and is tied with CC Sabathia for the second-lowest ERA in the AL since the start of the 2005 season (at least 600 innings pitched). He led the league in ERA In 2007 and won Game 7 of the 2002 World Series as a rookie.
For his career, Lackey is 102-71 with a 3.81 ERA. In 14 postseason appearances, he is 3-4 with a 3.12 ERA.