A look a wild day in baseball
Just read the news … busy day.
They obviously feel John Lackey possesses the stuff to succeed over the next five years pitching at Fenway. I don’t think this precludes them from signing a LF, maybe they’ll say that but they have the money if they want to sign Jason Bay or Matt Holliday.
Five years, especially for a pitcher — one that came into the year unhealthy — is a huge change for them. I am thinking they just didn’t want to part with the prospects Toronto was asking for. Be interesting to hear the TRUTH about the players Toronto might have been asking for.
As far as first base goes, Nick Johnson is out there, right? Theo has always loved him. Casey Kotchman could certainly play first and be a good player if they go that route. Not going to hit for power but certainly lengthens the lineup for opposing pitches when thinking about hitters and working counts. He’s a guy that can grind out some lengthy AB’s.
Surprised at the length, and the dollars of Lackey, to be honest. If it is $85 million that’s $17 million a year if it’s all guaranteed. Certainly makes you wonder what their plans are for Josh Beckett, because he certainly can sit at the table, look at this deal and expect the very same offer from them on an AAV basis.
Man, I can’t understand the Philly angle though. Yes I think Roy Halladay is far and away better, by a lot, than any of the guys being mentioned here, but I would have given up the players to have Lee and Halladay in my rotation for at least a year, and worked a deal to extend Lee as well. That’s, with that lineup, guaranteeing a post season trip for the next 3-4 years.