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Red Sox, Mets join list of teams linked to Lackey

Nov 13, 2009, 12:35 PM EDT

Not surprisingly, various reports following the general manager meetings in Chicago earlier this week note that the Mets and Red Sox were among teams to have talks with John Lackey’s agent.
Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald describes the Red Sox as “still in the fact-gathering stage” while David Lennon of New York Newsday suggests that the Mets are “testing waters.” Meanwhile, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reported previously that the Brewers met with Lackey’s agent.
Toss in the Angels’ interest in re-signing Lackey, the Yankees’ presumed interest in adding him to their rotation, plus the various other interested teams not yet heavily linked to him and … well, there’s a reason why he’s the consensus No. 1 free agent pitcher available. In writing last month about Lackey’s upcoming free agency I noted that he’s typically been one of the 10-15 best starters in the American League each season, making him a mid-level No. 1 starter.
Back then I wondered whether or not he’d top the five-year, $82.5 million deal that A.J. Burnett received from the Yankees last offseason. If the usual big spenders like the Red Sox, Yankees, Angels, and Mets are truly all in the mix that seems like a lock at this point. Lackey is a good, solid top-of-the-rotation starter, but it also looks like he stands to benefit more than anyone from this offseason’s weak crop of free agents. Can a 31-year-old pitcher with 102 career wins, a lifetime 3.81 ERA, and just one All-Star appearance get $100 million on the open market? It’s starting to look that way.

  1. humpty da humper - Nov 13, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    He doesn’t look like a 100 million guy to me, he will shite his
    pants in Boston so forgedabout what New York will do to him, he will commit suicide, this guy is a surfer dude, hollywood kind of guy.

  2. humpty da humper - Nov 13, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    He doesn’t look like a 100 million guy to me, he will shite his
    pants in Boston so forgedabout what New York will do to him, he will commit suicide, this guy is a surfer dude, hollywood kind of guy.

  3. ED1935 - Nov 13, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    He ends up in NY at $90M because the owner is on his last legs and $$$$$$ is no object!
    Bay and Holliday will also join the Yankees because The State built the new stadium and everybody else is looking for discounts and reduce payroll.
    The rich get richer!

  4. Sam - Nov 14, 2009 at 2:01 AM

    Lackey is not a surfer dude or Hollywood guy. He is from Texas and is down to earth, definatly a West Coast man. However, Angels have too many very good minor league players ready to step up. Who really knows where he will go.

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