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The Dominoes are falling (Lackey/Halliday/Cameron)

Multiple reports are putting John Lackey in Boston for "AJ Burnett" kinda numbers (~5yrs., ~$85 million).  He is said to be in Boston for a physical today.

Meanwhile, the more interesting deal from the Braves perspective is the report that Halliday's agent is in Philadelphia for the purpose of negotiating a long-term contract extension for the Blue Jays' ace.  The report (heard on XM radio from other sources) puts Halliday in Philadelphia with Cliff Lee perhaps going to a third (unnamed) team.  Apparently, Lee is not cooperating enough with the Phillies in getting a long-term deal for him (Lee is signed through 2010).  Clearly, if the extension discussion is underway, then Toronto would have already signed off on a Halliday deal.  From the perspective of the Braves, I'd have to know what else is going on with this deal, but if it's effectively a Lee-for-Halliday swap, then it's a 'no real harm done' deal.  The worst-case scenario for Atlanta would be if both pitchers were in the Phillies rotation for 2010, but that appears not to be the case.

Also:  Matsui to the Angels... one year, about $6.5 million.

No words about Lowe at this time, but presumably, he would be next on the list.

UPDATE:  Another domino has fallen:  AP reports that Mike Cameron has signed with Boston.  (7:53pm, MLBTR).  Ken Rosenthal adds that "the Deal is in the range of $15.5MM for two years."  Interesting numbers.

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