Lackey To Cards,Sox Get Craig,Kelly
Not long after trading Jon Lester to the A’s, the Red Sox have sent John Lackey to the St.Louis Cardinals. In return the Sox get OF/1B Allen Craig and pitcher Joe Kelly.Reports have the Sox sending a minor league player to St.Louis as well.
Lackey is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA this year. Next year his salary is supposed to be a $500,000 deal as part of the multi-year deal he signed four years ago.
Allen Craig is a 30-year-old righthanded hitting outfielder/first baseman. Craig is having a down year, .237 with 7 HR and 44 RBI. He is coming off two outstanding seasons of hitting over .300. Craig is under team control for three more years at a total of $25-million dollars.
Joe Kelly is a 26-year-old righthanded pitcher in his second year in the majors. He is 2-2 with a 4.27 ERA. Hamstring issues have kept him on the sidelines for much of this year. Kelly was 17-14 with a 3.25 ERA last season with St.Louis. He is earning just over $500,000 and is under team control through 2019.