Cards acquire Red Sox Lackey in exchange for Kelly, Craig
Joe Kelly of the St. Louis Cardinals signs autographs prior to a July 2012 game at Busch Stadium. (Bryce Moore, KMOV.com) By Bryce Moore
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 5: John Lackey #41 of the Boston Red Sox throws against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on June 5, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) By Jim Rogash
ST PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 16: : Pitcher John Lackey #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on July 16, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images) By J. Meric
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.