Smokin' Hot Stove: John Lackey
The Boston Red Sox have been pretty busy. All in one day, they reached tentative agreements with husky right-hander John Lackey and centerfielder Mike Cameron.
Lackey agreed to a five-year contract worth roughly $17.5 million annually, according to who else, but an anonymous source familiar with the incomplete, secret negotiations. Meanwhile, Cameron agreed to a two-year contract possibly worth $8 million a season, subject to a physical.
Does this mean they've given up on outfielder Jason Bay? Ah, pretty much.
Adding 31-year-old Lackey to the mix would considerably beef up a rotation that already includes Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, not to mention Daisuke Matsuzaka, Clay Buchholz, and old school knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Too many cooks in that kitchen: say goodbye to Clay, Sox fans.
Lackey, coming off a damn good postseason in which he struck out 14 batters and allowed just five earned runs over 19.2 innings, has a 102-71 regular season record with a 3.81 ERA in eight years, all spent with the Halos.
Cameron, a three-time Gold Glove winner who is almost 37 years old, batted just .250 with 24 home runs and 70 RBIs last season for the Milwaukee Brewers. He will most likely switch to left field, since the Sox are pretty happy with Jacoby Ellsbury in center. And apparently, the Yankees might be interested in Bay anyhow.
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