Ben Cherington is having himself quite a day. A few hours after trading Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s, the Red Sox have traded John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Allen Crag and Joe Kelley, according to reports.
Sox get Kelly, Craig for Lackey
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 31, 2014
In a span of less than a week, the Red Sox have traded 4/5 of its starting rotation. It started with Jake Peavy being traded to the Giants last weekend, Felix Doubront going to the Cubs yesterday, and Lester as well as Lackey being traded today.
Lackey posted a record of 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 21 starts this season. He’s expected to add to St. Louis’s pitching depth with the uncertainty surrounding Michael Wacha. The Cardinals also traded for Justin Masterson yesterday.
Allen Craig was hitting .237 with 7 home runs and 44 RBIs, and Joe Kelley was 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in 7 starts this season for the Cardinals.
There’s still 3 hours left to go until we reach the end of the trade deadline, and who knows what other moves Ben Cherington has up his sleeve.
It’s easy to see the different direction the Red Sox and Cardinals are going. Boston has let everyone know the white flag has been raised, and St. Louis is doing everything possible to make another run at the title.