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MLB: Source: Lackey has BoSox physical; deal close?

December 14, 2009

Free-agent right-hander John Lackey underwent a physical Monday with the Red Sox, an indication that he is close to an agreement with the team, according to a major-league source.

The deal is expected to be similar to the five-year, $82.5 million contract that the Yankees awarded free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett last winter.

The Red Sox generally do not like to award five-year contracts, which is one of the sticking points in their negotiations with free-agent left fielder Jason Bay. It is not known whether they would guarantee Lackey five years, or award him a three- or four-year deal with options.

The signing of Lackey would represent the Red Sox’s second major move of the offseason; the team earlier signed free-agent shortstop Marco Scutaro to a two-year, $12 million contract.

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