According to multiple sources, free agent starter John Lackey has taken a physical for the Red Sox, indicating that the team is close to signing him. I don't usually give credit to the Red Sox, but unless they are overpaying Lackey by mythical proportions, Theo Epstein did some real fucking work here.
The market for Lackey is completely underdeveloped at this point. The Mariners, Red Sox, and Mets are all very interested in the ugly bastard, and a biding war would almost inevitably ensue between whomever of the three doesn't sign Jason Bay. How do you let Theo tell you that your best option is to sign with the Red Sox when you have absolutely no clue how shit is going to play out? This motherfucker must be like Nick Saban on a recruiting visit. Kissing mommies and giving that hacky politician smile-and-wink combo.