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Quick strike seems unlike Epstein

Lackey presents significant risk -- and what about the offense?

Updated: December 15, 2009, 1:42 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

Less than a month ago, a Red Sox official dismissed a question about possible interest in John Lackey, saying that anyone familiar with the team's recent history with free-agent pitchers knew better than to ask about 30-somethings with injury risks who were looking for long-term deals.

This is a team, remember, that let Pedro Martinez walk the winter after winning a World Series. A bloodless decision that proved correct, by the way, as Martinez soon broke down.

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