July 31, 2014

Another Deal: John Lackey Traded To Cardinals

John Lackey has been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Allen Craig and right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly. The Red Sox also included minor league lefty Corey Littrell in the deal.

Both players have had less-than-stellar seasons after doing quite well last year. Kelly, 26, has a 4.37 ERA (3.93 FIP) in seven starts this year. Since coming off the disabled list in mid-July, Kelly has a 7.32 ERA in four starts.

Craig, who turned 30 on July 18 and has struggled to stay healthy, has posted a weak .237/.291/.346 line in 2014.

Craig is signed through the next three seasons - 2015: $5.5M, 2016: $9M, 2017: $11M - with a $13M club option for 2018. Kelly is arbitration eligible after 2015.

So what does the rotation look like now?
Clay Buchholz
Rubby De La Rosa
Brandon Workman
Joe Kelly
Allen Webster
Anthony Ranaudo - 1.94 ERA in last 10 AAA starts - is scheduled to start on Friday, but whether that is for Pawtucket or Boston (in his major league debut) is unclear.


Tom DePlonty said...

I find trading away most of the opening day starting rotation...ummm...counterintuitive.

Maxwell Horse said...


FenFan said...

Obviously 2014 is lost but - damn! - there is a significant leadership gap in the rotation now with Lester, Lackey, and Peavy gone from the team in less than a week. Are they expecting HH to hold the reins for the time being?


Adieu to the Lackster :-(

FenFan said...

It appears that the Sox are hoping that Craig, who turned 30 two weeks ago, returns to form. Over the last three seasons, he posted ERA+ numbers of 151, 137, and 130, respectively. So is this season a simple anomaly or has he peaked?

hrstrat57 said...

Why do I get the feeling this is all way more complicated in the last three years than any of us actually imagine?

(and we got a flag out of it!)

Who is left from chicken and beer?

FenFan said...

Miller on the move, too?

I'm definitiely going to need a program when I attend my next Sox game at Fenway!