The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired starting pitcher John Lackey from the Boston Red Sox along with prospect Corey Littrell and $1.75 million in cash in exchange for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. It was a big move that shocked most Cardinals fans and even some in the clubhouse as well. As Derrick Goold described it, everyone is stunned at the news of the trade.
John Lackey, 35, is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA this season in 21 starts for the Red Sox. After missing 2012 due to injury has had surged back, pitching as well as he has most of his career since returning in 2013. He’ll replace Kelly in the rotation. Kelly had been rushed back from his hamstring injury and hasn’t pitched as well as he has in the past since returning.