Red Sox Ship John Lackey to the Cardinals
(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Red Sox stayed active in the trade market Thursday, shipping starting pitcher John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig.
It was the second deal completed prior to Thursday's non-waiver deadline by the Red Sox, who also traded All-Star pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for All-Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes.
The 35-year-old Lackey will join a Cardinals rotation that has been without starters Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia. The team also acquired starter Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in a separate deal on Wednesday.
Lackey went 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts for the Red Sox this season. He will make just $500,000 in 2015 due to a unique clause in his contract that tacked on an extra season if he underwent Tommy John surgery at any point. Lackey had the procedure in 2011 and missed all of 2012.
Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in 2014 with St. Louis, while Craig has struggled at the plate for much of the season. The once promising young star is hitting just .237 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs.
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