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December 16, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Sox sign Lackey and Cameron


The Red Sox were busy bolstering their rotation and adding a key piece to their outfield as they signed John Lackey and Mike Cameron this week. The team will be holding two separate press conferences today to introduce the newest additions, with Cameron being introduced at 11:30 a.m. ET, followed by Lackey at 1:30 p.m.

Lackey, winner of game 7 of the 2002 World Series as a rookie for the Angels, has signed a five-year contract worth a reported $82.5 million. He has averaged almost 14 wins per season for the past five seasons and has pitched well in thirteen postseason games. For his career, Lackey is 102-71 with a 3.81 ERA in 234 games, all with the Angels. Last season, Lackey went 11-8 with a 3.83 ERA in 27 starts.

Cameron, a three-time Gold Glove winner (2001, 2003, 2006), has signed a two-year, $15.5 million deal. Last season with the Brewers, he hit .250 with 24 home runs and 70 RBI. The defensive position Cameron will primarily play this upcoming season has not yet been determined. In fifteen Major League seasons, Cameron has compiled a .250 average with 265 homers, 926 RBIs and a .340 on-base percentage playing for the White Sox, Reds, Mariners, Mets, Padres and Brewers.

The signing of Lackey will give the Angels Boston's first-round pick (#29), plus a supplemental first-round pick. The compensation for the Blue Jay's loss of Marco Scuatro will now tentatively become Boston's second-round selection (#67), in addition to a supplemental first-round selection.

Update: Cameron's contract breaks down as follows
per Alex Speier of WEEI: Will receive a $1 million signing bonus and $7.25 million salaries in each of the next two years. Limited no-trade protection with the right to veto trades to three teams.

 
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