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Lackey takes physical for Red Sox, may be close to signing

Dec 14, 2009, 1:11 PM EDT

This morning an unnamed source told Ed Price of Fanhouse that John Lackey would be taking a physical exam for the Red Sox and now’s Ken Rosenthal confirms that while offering further details:

Free-agent right-hander John Lackey underwent a physical Monday with the Red Sox, an indication that he is close to an agreement with the team, according to a major-league source. The deal is expected to be similar to the five-year, $82.5 million contract that the Yankees awarded free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett last winter.

Rosenthal futher speculates that signing Lackey could lead the Red Sox to go with a Jeremy Hermida-Mike Cameron platoon to replace Jason Bay in the outfield, and the move could also potentially make them more likely to part with Clay Buchholz in a trade. Two months ago I compared Lackey to A.J. Burnett and concluded that he could end up with a very similar deal and that now sounds likely.

  1. Jeff - Dec 14, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    After making nothing more than $60k, and most likely less than that, before that, $350k isn’t that much. Especially since the majority of players that make the majors:
    1. Never last beyond the 6 years of arbitration
    2. Did not receive a college education
    3. Do not have very many marketable job skills
    The end result of this is that they have a tough life ahead of them. So for the guys that can make it, how can we hold it against them? To hold it against players leaving for free-agency is un-American. They hope that their children will be better off than they. By taking these vast sums of money, they do that.

  2. Thomas - Dec 14, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Ask a non-white athlete about playing in Boston if you have a problem with what Nathan said in the first post…

  3. JBerardi - Dec 14, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Yeah, the Red Sox are clearly racist, considering all the non-white pitchers on the market right now who are better than Lackey…

  4. Dave - Dec 14, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    What a rotten comment… you clearly are out of touch.

  5. jeff - Dec 14, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    thanks for that burst of sarcasm – what the hell people thinking trying to make race still an issue in boston?

  6. paul - Dec 14, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Yes – they enjoy it. Mo Vaughn spoke about the misconception (media driven). Barry Bonds went back on his comments about Boston and said it was a great city and could picture himself playing there. You do realize that you don’t see many black ball players anywhere. How about New York?

  7. paul - Dec 14, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Nathan, I hope you saved some outrage for the Mets who were making it clear they were not interested in Blacks or Whites.

  8. Chrismule - Dec 14, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    F’n idiot. Red Sox fan base only cares about 2 things: beating the Yankees and winning a world series. Ask Ortiz if he thinks his skin color has cost him any fan love in Boston. Jim Rice has a cushy job as their TV commentator on NESN and the guy has the personality of a potato chip.

  9. Sean - Dec 14, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    The racist remark is one of the dumbest things I’ve seen on a board recently. Congrats Nathan.
    Paul’s comment above is funny: I remember growing up in the 70’s/80’s, a good amount of baseball players were black-african americans. Now there just aren’t that many african americans, it seems that it’s primarily more latinos and some afro caribbeans, but not americans. I’m not saying this in a racist way, it’s just an interesting demographic shift.

  10. Chris - Dec 14, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    As a Sox fan all I have to say is SWEET! With Lackey in the rotation it will add a lot to the organization. Between Beckett, Lester, Matsuzaka and now Lackey our starting rotation is going to be nuts. Paired with the fact he may come to Boston that would allow us to put Bucholz into the pen or as many articles are saying be a little less apprehensive to trade him.
    Essentially this boosts the club and moves us in a direction that we want to be going in.

  11. Sean - Dec 14, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    James, I agree, it would be nice if players stuck around and were loyal to a team like in the old days, but the players don’t want to get screwed by a team. Case in point are the Sox (cavaet, I’m from Boston and a Sox fan): they re-signed Bronson Arroyo at the end of the 05 season for what Arroyo called a hometown discount because he wanted to stay in Boston. A couple of days later they traded him to the Reds because they knew, or at least thought, that they could get someone better because they had locked a good player into a less-than-market 3 year deal. The Sox completely screwed a loyal guy over. They of course ended up with Willy Mo Pena, so karma came back to bite them in the bum, but after that trade, I could no longer hate Johnny Damon for leaving to the Yanks for more money, or feel that any player shouldn’t try for the most money that they can possibly get because they’re looked at purely as assets and not people in today’s game.

  12. EGB - Dec 14, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Your comment, in addition to being racist and insulting, is also wrong — off the top of my head, the Sox have the following “non-white” players, assuming the Lowell trade happens (a white guy for a non-white, by the way): Scutaro, 3 Ramirezes, Delcarmen, Okijima, Dice, Ortiz, Victor, Ellsbury (a Native American). That’s 10 out of 25, 40%, in a league that is roughly 60% white. The Red Sox are exactly average. But don’t let facts get in the way of an incendiary comment — this is the internet, after all, where you can be as stupid as you wanna be.

  13. Brian D - Dec 14, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Nathan, you like to play the race card when it comes to the Red Sox
    but the lack of blackness in MLB is something that the entire league is aware of and is starting to address. Baseball has become less and less popular with the black athlete over the past 25 plus years for reasons that are as perplexing as they are frustrating to MLB. The percentage of black professional athletes opting for a career in baseball has plummeted steadily over the last 25 years as most are choosing professional football or baksetball instead. The last number I heard that MLB was 9% African American down from a high of well over 20% back 2 decades ago. When gems like Carl Crawford or BJ Upton come along Boston has no chance to get these players because of their position in the draft in most cases.
    I know that you probably know your history and the Sox ownership throughout the 50’s and 60’s was the most racist in the league but that was under Tom Yawkey’s ownership. Here’s a news flash, Mr. Yawkey has been dead a long time and the Sox are now owned by a math nerd from the midwest and run by a 30 something Jewish kid from the Boston area with a law degree from Yale. Additonally, Boston is one of the most liberal cities in the nation and if the Sox ownership were making a conscious effort to keep black ball players out of Boston there would be a lot of people on the case, I can tell you that. And excuse me, Coco Crisp was not the answer to our needs in center field. Nice guy, well liked too but .265 with 8 home runs and 60 RBI’s from a power position is gonna get you traded to Kansas City.
    Remember Nathan the Sox are white because baseball has gotten increasingly white. See what the Sox do if Carl Crawford ever becomes a free agent though. How about Jimmy Rollins or Ryan Howard? I’ll bet my bottom dollar they’d go after them with a truck load of money. It’s baseball players the Sox are after and that’s what they’ll continue to persue and color or ethnic origin be damned.

  14. bdcgal - Dec 14, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Red Sox gal here. Really bummed they can’t get Bay…however, he is asking way too much money. Would rather go after Lackey if that’s doable. I LOVE Clay Buckholz and think he’s the real deal. I would understand if they traded him however. The COMMENT FROM NATHAN was truly bigoted. Lets just talk baseball…come on

  15. JD - Dec 14, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Great going Sox. Starting to look like the 2008 Yanks.

  16. JBerardi - Dec 14, 2009 at 11:59 PM

    The best part about this race discussion is that the Red Sox also signed Mike Cameron today. Instead of Jason Bay, who is not only white but CANADIAN. Which is like whiteness squared.

  17. PoorNathan - Dec 15, 2009 at 1:15 AM

    This is why history is always there for a good lesson.
    I hope Nathan learns about some of the truely sad days in Major League Baseball for race relations, the Yankees were one of the last clubs to intergrate (Boston being the last). The Yankees finally added Elston Howard, much to the dismay of the Yankees’s white sponsers on Wall Street. We’ve thankfully come a long way since those days, but apparently posters like Nathan lack perspective.

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