So apparently the Red Sox have signed John Lackey this fine afternoon, and Roy Hallday and his agent have checked into a Philadelphia hotel. What does this mean? Two things.
1. Barring any major injuries, the Red Sox may have the best rotation in the AL this year with Beckett, Lester, Lackey, Buchholz/Daisuke/Wakefield.
2. The Phillies will have the best rotation in the NL with Halladay, Lee (maybe, pending the Halladay deal), Hamels, Blanton/Happ/Moyer.
What wins championships? You got it right. Pitching. If these deals go down, sorry, anywhere west of the Mississippi and south of the Mason Dixon line, it’s going to be another northeastern Series.
Oh and on another note, who does Jason Bay think he is? The Sox take you out of the shit hole that is Pittsburgh, and you have the gall to say “The Red Sox don’t value me enough”? The Red Sox brought you into this world and they can sure as hell take you out of it. Ok maybe not, but a hometown discount is not too ridiculous to ask, seeing as how you would be all but forgotten if he were still in the Pirate “organization”.
UPDATE: Looks like Philly moves faster than we thought. SI.com is reporting that they have a three-way (hehe) deal with Toronto and Seattle, involving the acquisition of Halladay and sending Lee to Seattle. No word on what Toronto is getting other than shafted.