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article imageRed Sox Sign Lackey & Cameron

By Michael Bearak     Dec 16, 2009 in Sports
The Boston Red Sox made it official today when they announced the signings of pitcher John Lackey and outfielder Mike Cameron.
Skipper Terry Francona got what he was after during the offseason and that was another arm in his rotation. Quietly Francona worked with GM Theo Epstein urging him to get another pitcher into their rotation. The acquisition of Lackey to Francona is that arm, "Now we have a chance to run out a solid pitcher every day and it's very exciting."
Lackey, the 31 year old 6 foot 6 inch pitcher out of Texas, has a career ERA of 3.81 and was 11-8 for the Angels this last season. Lackey signed a five year deal after playing 8 seasons in LA.
The addition of Lackey now gives Francona a line-up of; Lackey, Josh Beckett, and Jon Lester. Then he also has Tim Wakefield, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Clay Buchholz.
The addition of Lackey was first reported on Monday by Digital Journal's Kristofor Molson . Molson's article commented that Lackey just had to pass his physical, which took place on Monday.
Mike Cameron was the other big signing for the Red Sox, giving them what many said they needed in another bat. Cameron's ESPN bio-page reported that he is going to make $15.5 million on a two-year contract.
"It's a pretty special moment," Cameron said. "I haven't been this excited since I first came into the big leagues. This is a historical park ... hopefully I can put some dents in the Monster."
Last season Cameron had 70 runs batted in along with 24 home runs along with a .250 batting average. While he turns 37 next month the right handed batter and thrower has a life time batting averge of .250 with 265 home runs and 1013 runs batted in.
Francona acknowledged that Cameron, who has been a centerfielder, will now mean that they have four players and they will have to sit down as a group and figure out what is best for the Red Sox position and playing time wise. Still, that was the last thing the skipper wanted to think about at this point as his head was still spinning from the excitement of signing Cameron and Lackey.
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