Monday, December 14, 2009
In news first broken by Ed Price from Fanhouse and the shortest man in sports media, Ken Rosenthal, John Lackey is in Boston to take a physical that should be the prelude to an AJ Burnett-type of deal (5 years 82.5 mil).
This is a very outside the box move by Theo. On one hand, this may mean there is no money lft over for a bat. On the other hand, pitching generally wins championships, and a rotation of Beckett, Lester, Lackey and a WBC-type Dice-K would be a killer to face. It also might mean that Clay Buchholz could be included in a deal for a slugger (Adrian Gonzalez?) without wrecking the 2010 rotation. Regardless, w/ Lackey's apparent signing, the "Bridge to Nowhere" better be well-built for the hefty pitcher. (I can say that because I'm large, too.)
I also think this means the end for Jason Bay. How will he and his agent to react to the news Boston signed Lackey to a deal before him? Get your popcorn ready, gang.
UPDATE: Portland Maine's pride and joy, Jerry Crasnick, has an update over at ESPN.