Cards acquire Red Sox Lackey in exchange for Kelly, Craig

Cards acquire Red Sox Lackey in exchange for Kelly, Craig

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: John Lackey #41 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch during the bottom of the first inning against the New York Yankees on September 25, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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by BaseballStL Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 2:31 PM

Poll:
Do you agree with trading Kelly and Craig for John Lackey?

 ST. LOUIS (BaseballSTL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals acquired veteran Red Sox pitcher John Lackey Thursday, the second big name starter the team traded for this week, according to multiple national media reports, but it came at a big price.

The Cardinals dealt pitcher Joe Kelly and outfield/first baseman Allen Craig to Red Sox in exchange for starter John Lackey and minor league LHP Corey Littrell.

CBS Boston reports Lackey, 35, is 21-20 with a 3.55 ERA and 1.188 WHIP over the past two seasons. Last year in the postseason, he went 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 26 innings (four starts, five total appearances). He allowed just one run over 6 2/3 innings to earn the win in the clinching Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park

The move comes one day after the Cardinals acquired ace Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians for prospect James Ramsey. This move gives the Redbirds a solid back half of their rotation that had recently been hit by injuries.

Masterson is scheduled to start Saturday against the Brewers which would put Lackey's first start as a Cardinal Tuesday against his former team, the Red Sox. The rotation order would be Adam Wainwright, Masterson, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller and Lackey.


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