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Report: Red Sox open to trading both Jon Lester and John Lackey

Jul 28, 2014, 11:41 PM EDT

The Red Sox are reportedly listening to offers for left-hander Jon Lester, but he might not be the only member of Boston’s rotation who ends up elsewhere prior to Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline:

It makes sense that the Red Sox are open to dealing Lester, as he’s an impending free agent and extension talks haven’t gone anywhere. They’ll likely get more back via trade than the value of a compensatory draft pick from a qualifying offer. Besides, there’s always the chance they could re-sign him even they trade him over the next few days. Lester brought up that possibility himself over the weekend. However, Lackey is a very different case, as his contract includes a $500,000 club option for 2015 as a result of his Tommy John surgery from 2012. With that kind of value, there’s an argument to be made that the trade package for him should rival that of Lester. He certainly won’t come cheap.

Lackey, 35, owns a solid 3.55 ERA over 50 starts dating back to the start of last season. His 133 ERA+ is 31st in MLB (min. 250 IP) during that timespan.

  1. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    What kind of haul could the Sawks get for Lester?

  2. playball - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    And I keep clinging to the extension for Lackey.

    Bigger picture: Pay attention to the things in life I need to control.

    Step away from the trade rumors or the ulcers will do me in.

  3. SocraticGadfly - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    I’d like the Cards see what it would take for Lackey. Unlike Peavy, I wouldn’t mind giving him a gander.

    • missingdiz - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Lackey will be 36 in October. Baseball Reference lists his ERA+ as 108 this year, 116 last year. His ERA+ hasn’t been near 133 since 2007, his one outstanding year. I wouldn’t want to see the Cards give up young talent for an aging back-of-the-rotation guy. We need hitting more than starting pitching anyway. Although bringing in Price or Hamels would make it, as they say, a whole new ballgame.

  4. penguins87and71 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:11 AM

    I heard the Pirates are now getting into the sweep stakes for Jon Lester. Any team that would trade for Lester would have to give up a 51-100 top hitting prospect, Grade C pitching prospect, or a 51-100 pitching prospect, and a grade B hitter. So if the Pirates were to get Lester they would have to give up either Josh Bell, Allen Hanson, or Austin Meadows, along with either RHP Tyler Glassnow or RHP Nick Kingham.

  5. irishlad19 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    Auctions are always interesting, let’s see who are the bidders most determined to “win”.
    Both pitchers should bring a good price.

  6. slaugin - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    Yankees must be pissed that the best trade pieces are coming out of Boston

  7. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    I am sure that the Red Sox would also listen to offers for Buchholz and Dubront.

    • js20011041 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Or that used condom they found on the sidewalk outside the stadium.

  8. irishlad19 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    js, is that supposed to be funny?

    • js20011041 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Did you not get the joke, or do you just not like that type of humor?

      • irishlad19 - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Don’t like stereotype, weak, put-downs. No joke, nothing funny about OT.

  9. 18thstreet - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Shouldn’t a team be “open” to trading everyone, if the right offer came along? (We don’t even know if this source if from the Red Sox. In fact, my reading of the tweet is that the quote came from outside the organization.)

  10. theskinsman - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I’m sure most of the Red Sox roster has been available all season long. Everything that could go wrong this season has, just the opposite of last season.

    On the bright side, I rediscovered that i love golfing, fishing and spending time with family and friends instead of staying up late watching Bosox ball games on the West coast this season. In years past, last nights’ beatdown by Toronto would have given me an acid stomach and a poor night’s sleep.

    Winning is tough, repeating with all the roster changes is damn near impossible. maybe 2015 will be another good one.

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