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What signing Lackey could mean for Sox

Updated: December 14, 2009, 10:33 PM ET
By Gordon Edes

The Red Sox did a great job of disguising their intentions on free-agent pitcher John Lackey.

Up to this point they had been focused on Jason Bay, made a tentative deal with the Rangers to send Mike Lowell to Texas and were also looking at Adrian Beltre as a possible replacement for Lowell at third base. In the midst of all of this, Lackey snuck into town unnoticed and has reached a tentative deal with the Red Sox, a source told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.

So what would signing ...

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