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John Lackey Likely To Become Free Agent This Winter, Will Draw Interest From Yankees and Dodgers

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Los Angeles Angels right-hander John Lackey is likely to hit the free agent market this offseason, says Bill Shikin of the Los Angels Times.

Lackey, will be one of seven potential free agents for the Angels next year, which include the likes of Chone Figgins, Bobby Abreu and Vladimir Guerrero. Angels GM Tony Reagins says it's unlikely that the Angels will begin contract negotiations with any of their players until the offseason.

"It's unlikely we'd do anything during this time period, we don't want it to be a distraction. We want to focus on trying to win."

The Angles and Lackey did talk about an extension during the spring, but it was believed that the two sides were far apart. Speaking Friday it appeared Lackey agrees with Reagins that it's best for the two sides to begin talks during the winter, and he believes it's more important to focus on winning at the moment.

"At the end of the season, I'll definitely listen to everybody," Lackey said. "I'm basically not even worried about it. I have to perform to the level I need to perform at."

The Angels are currently 50-38, and they maintain a two game lead over the Rangers in the A.L. West.

According to ESPN.com if Lackey becomes a free agent he likely will garner interest from the New York Yankees, and the Angels cross town rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers.