The Boston Red Sox made the biggest splash of the off season thus far by signing John Lackey to a 5 year deal today. This signing gives the Red Sox a starting rotation that is head and shoulders above the rest. By signing Lackey, the Red Sox have 6 impressive starting pitchers in their rotation (Beckett, Lackey, Lester, Matsuzaka, Bucholz, and Wakefield).
This move shores up one of the Red Sox needs this off season. They also need to find a third baseman (assuming that Mike Lowell is traded), and a left fielder (because Jason Bay more than likely isn’t coming back).
To do this, they don’t go out and spend Yankee money to get the biggest and most expensive stars. The Red Sox like to get the most bang for their buck. That is why as I write this the Red Sox are in contract negotiations to sign Mike Cameron to a 2 year deal to play the outfield. Cameron can play all three positions and will be able to provide some power at the plate. He also comes at a significantly cheaper price than Jason Bay or Matt Holliday. By saving this money on Cameron, the Sox will be able to go out and find the 3rd baseman that they so desperately need.
Speaking of 3rd baseman, don’t be surprised to find the Red Sox making a deal for one as soon as the Mike Lowell situation is resolved. I’ve heard rumors of Adrian Beltre, Kevin Youklis (after the Sox trade for Adrian Gonzalez), or even Garret Atkins.
But those are just rumors. I’ve learned to never trust them when it comes to the Red Sox and their GM, Theo Epstein. I pay pretty close attention to rumors about player movements, but I never heard a peep about the Lackey signing until today. And more than likely, we won’t hear about their new 3rd baseman until they announce the signing.