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