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Lackey, Halladay and Matsui on the move?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 14, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s not often that a player takes a physical without a contract being at least close to finished, and reports continue to pour in suggesting John Lackey has traveled to Boston for a physical. Jerry Crasnick reports that the Red Sox are moving toward a deal, but that a deal isn’t likely to be completed today.

Perhaps more significant, the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Roy Halladay and his agent have checked into a Philadelphia hotel. Could that be to negotiate a contract extension as part of a trade that would ship Halladay to the Phillies? It’s possible. Philadelpiha certainly has the prospects to get the deal done.

Or, the Phillies and Blue Jays could turn this into a three-team blockbuster, with Cliff Lee also being traded.

UDPATE: Looks like Lackey is going to Boston on five-year deal, and Halladay might go to Philly in a three-team deal with the Mariners involved.

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The Angels might be close to a deal with Hideki Matsui.

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On an unrelated note, Major League Baseball has announced that next year’s season-opener between the Yankees and Red Sox will be played at 8 p.m. and shown on ESPN2. I’ll post that entire press release later. For now, let’s keep the Lackey and Halladay discussion going.

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