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.
If the Sox sign Lackey, then they would have the best rotation in baseball (led by Beckett, Lackey, Lester).
The signing could help the Yankees pursue a Roy Halladay or a Matt Holliday, though, as Boston is likely out of the bidding for those two players (unless they can acquire Halladay without giving him an extension). I’m sure many will sound the alarm and argue that the Yankees should now acquire Halladay, however, in my opinion, I don’t think he’s a necessary piece for the team.
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