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Lackey -> Red Sox, Halladay -> Phillies, Lee -> M's

I feel as if this is A's related, since it pertains to two of our division rivals significantly changing.

So, yeah, looks like the slegnA won't get their ace, as 3 (!!!) have just changed hands.

 

Top free agent pitcher John Lackey is said to be in agreement on a five-year, $85 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, sources say. Lackey has scheduled a physical with the team.

Lackey's deal with the Red Sox is similar to the $82.5 million, five-year contract A.J. Burnett got with the Yankees last offseason. "That's what they were looking for,'' an AL executive said.

Lackey has had a couple minor issues with his shoulder and back in recent seasons, so the Red Sox will want to check him out. But nothing serious is expected to be found.


Sports Illustrated - source

I see this as a massive overpay for the Red Sox, as Lackey's got shoulder issues. But then, this is the Red Sox, so "massive overpay" sounds about par, although Theo Epstein generally isn't the one to massively overpay for players (exception given to Dice-K).

 

And, yeah, a massive 3 teamer where Halladay is to the Phillies, Cliff Lee goes to the M's, and prospects (from both teams, most likely) go to the Jays, has been agreed on.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/12/roy-halladay-rumors-monday-1.html

Yes, I'm linking to MLBtr. I'll update once a non-twitter source posts.

And, the Mariners are looking like the favorites to win the division.

Although, I'm heavily skeptical of the 3 teamer, as it is absolutely ridiculous. What would the M's be giving the Jays? Ackley can't be traded as a PTBNL, nor can any '09 draftee yet. Phillippe Aumont?, Michael Pineda?, Michael Saunders? Carlos Triunfel? This will be interesting to see what the Jays get.

 

EDIT (5:12 PM PST): Well, now Drabek's involved, and Aumont might not be. And Happ may be involved, and Domonic Brown may be involved, and our own favorite Cupcakes Blanton may be involved. Who's involved? This is insane.

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