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Signing Lackey doesn't mean the Sox won't extend Beckett

Dec 16, 2009, 3:40 PM EST

There has been speculation that the Red Sox’ signing of John Lackey was just as much about providing a hedge against the departure of Josh Beckett after next season as it was about winning next season. That’s not so according to Theo Epstein, who said this at the John Lackey press conference:

“I sent Josh a text message as we were finalizing John Lackey’s deal. I just told him, ‘Some might speculate this might mean
the end for you in Boston.’ I said ‘Don’t listen to them. You’re a huge
part of what we have going on here. We love it if it worked out if
you’re a huge part of our future, as well. The most important thing is
that we have one heck of a pitching staff right now.’ He texted back.
He was very excited about the sign[ing] . . . I don’t think it impacts Josh nearly to the degree
people are speculating.”

It’s cute that Theo thinks he’s sending text messages when he’s really sending emails on his Blackberry. I mean, really, does anyone send a text message as long as that?

OK, that aside, the Lackey signing doesn’t seem to be going down perfectly with
everyone in Red Sox Nation, but he will be much easier to take as an addition to Beckett in the rotation than he would as a replacement. Obviously things could change — Beckett could blow his elbow out next year or demand $20 million a pop — but if Theo is open to the idea of keeping Beckett, Sox fans will be much happier.

  1. MarkH - Dec 16, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Not that I don’t like Beckett (though probably not enough to extend him), but I actually prefer those net stories about the Sox packaging him in a hypothetical 3-way to get Adrian Gonzalez. I mean, obviously.

  2. ericinboston - Dec 16, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    CC – i’ve been blown away with the negativity blowing up the airwaves here in WEEIland.
    there’s hoards and hoards of people who are going nuts over the 17mm without having any idea what kind of pitcher he is.
    i’m occasionally encouraged that maybe fans are coming around but in the end they just don’t give a shit…. they’ll maintain their high levels of ignorance and be happy with it.

  3. smsetnor - Dec 17, 2009 at 3:26 AM

    AlexK sends texts that long. I have proof!

  4. John Willumsen - Dec 17, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    “It’s cute that Theo thinks he’s sending text messages when he’s really sending emails on his Blackberry. I mean, really, does anyone send a text message as long as that?”
    Ahh, classic Craig.

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