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.