The Boston Red Sox made two key moves yesterday, reaching tentative agreements with pitcher John Lackey and outfielder Mike Cameron.
Lackey and Boston agreed on a five-year contract, according to a baseball official. The deal is worth $16 million to $17 million a season, the official said.
The Sox also reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract with Cameron, according to a source. The deal is subject to Cameron's passing a physical.
Red Sox officials declined to comment.
Lackey has a 102-71 regular-season record with a 3.81 ERA in eight seasons, all with the Angels.
The 31-year-old would join a rotation headlined by Josh Beckett and Jon Lester. Boston also has starters Daisuke Matsuzaka, Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield.
Cameron, 36, played for Milwaukee last season. He has won three Gold Gloves.
The Red Sox will play the New York Yankees in the major-league Sunday night opener on April 4 at Fenway Park.
Angels. World Series MVP Hideki Matsui and Los Angeles have reached preliminary agreement on a one-year contract worth about $6.5 million, a source said.
"I can confirm that we are in serious discussions with the Angels," Matsui's agent, Arn Tellem, said in an e-mail yesterday. Tellem declined further comment.
Matsui surpassed 100 RBIs four times in seven seasons with the Yankees after coming from Japan. He just completed a $52 million, four-year contract with New York.
The 35-year-old hit .274 with 28 homers and 90 RBIs last season, then was selected World Series MVP despite starting only three of the six games against the Phillies. He went 8 for 13 (.615) with three homers and eight RBIs, tying a Series record by driving in six runs in Game 6.
Matsui would replace Vladimir Guerrero as Los Angeles' designated hitter. Guerrero, also 35, is a free agent.
Brewers. Randy Wolf, the 33-year-old former Phillies lefthander, finalized a $29.75 million, three-year contract with Milwaukee, which also re-signed Craig Counsell to a $2.1 million deal.
Wolf went 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA in 34 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He is 101-85 with a 4.13 ERA in 11 major-league seasons.
Noteworthy. Commissioner Bud Selig plans to establish a study group that will examine on-field issues that could include replay, umpires and the pace of the game. . . . Washington and lefthander Scott Olsen agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract. . . . Backup outfielder Jason Michaels, a former Phillie, agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract with Houston. . . . St. Louis third baseman David Freese was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Maryland Heights, Mo. Freese was given a sobriety test, police said.