John Lackey Heading To the Boston Red Sox

Matt KnowlesContributor IDecember 14, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 22:  John Lackey #41 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts in Game Five of the ALCS against the New York Yankees during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Angel Stadium on October 22, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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ESPN is reporting that free agent John Lackey traveled to Boston Monday morning to undergo a physical for the Red Sox.  The two sides may be getting close to reaching an agreement. 

Lackey, who turned 31 in October was said to be looking for a five year deal worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $83 million.  This comes a year after the Yankees signed A.J. Burnett to a five year $82.5 million deal.

The righty started 27 games going 11-8 in 2009.  He had an ERA of 3.83 and struck out 139 while walking only 49.  In the 2009 post season, Lackey shined in Game One of the AL Division series going seven-plus innings allowing no runs and leading the Angels to a 5-0 win over the Red Sox.

However, during the course of his career, Lackey has struggled in nine starts at Fenway Park, going only 2-5 with an ERA over five.

At this time, there are no details on what the deal between the two parties might be.  It is believed that Lackey turned down a deal worth $72 million from the Angels to stay in Los Angeles.

The Angels were hesitant to offer Lackey a five year deal due to some questions about his durability after he missed a number of starts the last couple of years.