After getting drilled in the helmet by a R.A. Dickey knuckleball, Mike Napoli follows through on his monstrous 451-foot home run at Rogers Centre. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) Video: Napoli Beaned, Homers into Fifth Deck in 7-Run 11th Inning for Red Sox Xander Bogaerts striking out (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports) Struggling Season Continues for Xander Bogaerts Logan Mankins is heading to Tampa Bay for TE Tim Wright and a draft pick. (Getty Images) Report: Patriots Trade Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay Jon Lester (Ezra Shaw, Getty Images) Red Sox Have Decisions to Make and Money to Spend this Off-Season

Red Sox Sign John Lackey to 5-year Deal

John Lackey (Photo courtesy of the AP)

Multiple sources are reporting the Red Sox have agreed in principle to sign free agent pitcher John Lackey to a five-year deal worth around the same dollars as A.J. Burnett’s contract with the Yankees signed last year (which was $82.5 million). News broke earlier that the Sox had administered a physical with Lackey, which gave way to rumors of an impending deal.

Lackey is 31 years old and posted a 3.83 ERA last year for the Angels. It’s worth mentioning that while Lackey was considered to be the best free agent pitcher on the market by far, he’s struggled during his career at Fenway Park. In nine starts there, Lackey is 2-5 with a 5.75 ERA.

Fans should remember, however, how Lackey has done against the Red Sox lately. This past postseason, Lackey shut down the Sox over 7 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the ALDS, and in 2008 he nearly no-hit the Sox at Fenway. Hey Theo, if you can’t beat him; sign him!

Stay with Sports of Boston for more analysis on the Lackey deal later on tonight.

Tags: ,

Discussion

No comments for “Red Sox Sign John Lackey to 5-year Deal”

Post a comment