With the MLB trade deadline nearing, the Red Sox seem to be out of the running for the playoffs is they don’t get on a serious run. Out of the running means time to unload some of their talent and one guy I believe must go is starting pitcher, John Lackey.
So you are probably wondering why trade John Lackey? Well the timing is right. The timing being the Red Sox are seriously out of the running,
The Red Sox just got two of the San Fransisco Giants top prospects for a one-win pitcher in Jake Peavy. So imagine what the Red Sox could get for a 11-7 pitcher who is toying around with a 3.60 ERA. If the Sox are going to trade Lackey, I would do it before the trade deadline so Lackey doesn’t risk an injury in his final start before the deadline.
This season is Lackey’s second straight pretty good one in Boston after a horrendous start to his five-year contract. Lackey posted 10 wins last season with a 3.52 ERA. Lackey was 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in the World Series to help lift Boston over St. Louis.
Teams that could be interested in Lackey:
*Oakland Athletics… Why? Why not bring Lackey back to the AL West where he posted a 19-9 record and a 3.01 ERA in 2007. Oakland is always looking for a pitcher.
*Toronto Blue Jays… Why? Need a pitcher to compliment their dangerous lineup. Lackey would be perfect as he has proved he can pitch in the AL East.
*Seattle Mariners… Why? Why not match the Athletics move to get Samardzija and Hammel with a great pitcher of their own to compliment Felix Hernandez in their staff. Mariners are still in the playoff hunt.