Boston Introduces John Lackey As Newest Pitcher At Fenway Park

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Red Sox Introduce Newest Pitcher, John Lackey

The Red Sox and John Lackey are still apparently working out some of that tricky "contract language," but in the meantime, they went ahead and officially introduced him as Boston's newest pitcher Wednesday.

"This is a significant addition to our pitching staff," said general manager Theo Epstein of Lackey, a one-time All-Star who finished third in 2007 AL Cy Young award voting. "And we expect him to be for a long time coming."

Lackey, who will wear No. 40, said he is excited to not only be joining the Red Sox, but also to have the chance to pitch in Fenway Park (and stadium about which he once said, "they should blow this [expletive] place up").

"Obviously, I've been here for some big games," said Lackey, who has made four postseason starts against the Red Sox and pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings in Game 1 of the American League Division Series in October, setting the tone for an Angels sweep. "I'm here to win. The bottom line is that I've always had a lot of respect for this organization from the other side. Winning is the biggest thing for me and I know the organization has a great chance to do that. Hopefully, I can help."


Lackey To The Red Sox: Five Years, $82.5 Million

Buster Olney corrected his previous report and now has what he says are the final numbers for John Lackey’s deal with the Red Sox.

I stand corrected on Lackey: It’s five years, $82.5 million. Exact same as Burnett deal. No performance bonuses, no extras.

So, $16.5 million per year, and not $17.5. Still, not a bad gig if you can get it.


Lackey Deal Reportedly Worth $87.5 Million Over Five Years

John Lackey's deal with the Red Sox was originally rumored to be five years, and somewhere between $82.5 and $85 million. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the years are right, but the money was a tad low.

Heard this: The final number for Lackey and the Red Sox -- $87.5 million over five years, or $17.5 m. a year.

For comparison's sake, looking at 2009's numbers, that would make Lackey the 13th-highest paid player in baseball, and the fourth-highest paid pitcher, behind only Johan Santana, Carlos Zambrano and Barry Zito.

Quite a bit of money for a 31-year old pitcher has not thrown more than 180 innings the past two seasons.

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