Sometimes, it's kind of nice to be wannabe Yankees, and that's what the Red Sox were when they signed John Lackey to a 5-year deal. John Lackey, who the Red Sox had been pursuing free agent pitcher, the Red Sox are on the verge of signing to a 5-year, $85 million deal. This is (I think) the Red Sox' highest contract on their current roster, as it averages $17 million a year. I really like Lackey, as he is a very good pitcher who dominated the Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS this year with 7.2 shutout innings. Lackey did not have his best year in '09, as he went 11-8 with a respectable 3.83 ERA. This was not his best season, however, 2007 was, when Lackey went 19-9 with an AL leading 3.01 ERA. This news is bittersweet however (I mean, it's really not, but its side effects are) because the Angels were pursuing Jason Bay, but they said Lackey was their top priority. Now that the Sox have Lackey, it should be open season on Bay. I hope lackey pulls a 2007 on us! Go Sox, all the way!!!!!