Posted on: December 14, 2009 8:50 pm

Lackey Acquisition

The Sox' move of acquiring Lackey surprises me as they'd already signed Marco Scutaro and were pursuing Matt Holliday and/or Jason Bay. Lackey's contract (if 5 years/85 million goes through) would add a significant amount to the payroll (17 million/year) that could've been spent on keeping Bay or acquiring Holiday as an alternative. Here, instead, they got Lackey. Assuming the Sox aren't getting Bay/Holliday now (that would be the best possible scenario), was this a good move? Would you rather have Lackey, a strong ace/2/3 starter or a middle-of-the-order left fielder?

   These would be the expected lineups:
w/ Lackey                                                                               w/ Bay or Holliday
Batting                                                                                   Batting:                                
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF                                                               1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B                                                               2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C                                                                 3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B                                                                4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. David Ortiz, DH                                                                    5. Jason Bay/Matt Holliday, LF
6. J.D. Drew, RF                                                                       6. David Ortiz, DH
7. Marco Scutaro, SS                                                                7. J.D. Drew, RF
8. Jed Lowrie, 3B (don't really know who's going to play here,        8. Marco Scutaro, SS
if Beltre signs then he's #6 or 7 hitter)                                       9.  Jed Lowrie/Adrian Beltre, 3B                                             
9. Josh Reddick/Jeremy Hermida, LF                                                                                       

Pitching:                                                                               Pitching:

1. Josh Beckett                                                                      1. Josh Beckett
2. Jon Lester                                                                         2. Jon Lester
3. John Lackey                                                                      3. Clay Buchholz
4. Clay Buchholz                                                                    4. Daisuke Matsuzaka
5. Daisuke Matsuzaka (the highest paid #5 starter ever)            5. Tim Wakefield

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