Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lester And Lackey May Go In Separate Deals

Fenway Rapture?
According to's Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox may trade both Jon Lester and John Lackey—not together—but in separate transactions. While this general scenario has been floated before, this is the first time it's been suggested that Boston would broker two deals to rid themselves of their two best starting pitchers. Lackey is being coveted by many teams who like the idea of having a front-line starter for the major league minimum ($500,000) in 2015—although some sort of salary adjustment would probably need to be made. More and more, this is shaping up to be a major transformation of the franchise—with only a small core of younger players (plus David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia) left behind after the Great Trading Deadline Rapture.