With Monday's signing of John Lackey, the Red Sox now have a six-man rotation: , , Lackey, and / . What will they do with that extra arm? One theory: trade it for a bat, sepecifically, Adrian Gonzalez. From Ken Rosenthal:
One rival GM theorizes that if the Red Sox sign free-agent right-hander John Lackey, they then will lock up righty Josh Beckett long- term and trade righty Clay Buchholz in a package for Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Under that scenario, first baseman Kevin Youkilis would move to third and the Sox would employ a Mike Cameron-Jeremy Hermida type platoon in left.
The Sox's big investments would be Lackey and Beckett; Gonzalez will earn a club-friendly $4.75 million next season, and his deal includes a $5.5 million club option for 2011.
Free agents Adrian Beltre, Matt Holliday and Jason Bay?
All would be shut out in Boston.
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