What signing Lackey could mean for Sox
The Red Sox did a great job of disguising their intentions on free-agent pitcher John Lackey.
Up to this point they had been focused on Jason Bay, made a tentative deal with the Rangers to send Mike Lowell to Texas and were also looking at Adrian Beltre as a possible replacement for Lowell at third base. In the midst of all of this, Lackey snuck into town unnoticed and has reached a tentative deal with the Red Sox, a source told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.
It also raises questions about the future of Beckett, who is going into the last year of his contract in Boston. What would signing Lackey to a big contract do to the Red Sox's attempt to re-sign Beckett if indeed it is their intention.
Lots to digest here ... I'll come back with much more later on ...