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John Lackey | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Grayson County (TX) CC
Contract: view contract details

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John Lackey will make his Cardinals' debut on Sunday versus the Brewers.
That means he won't have to face the Red Sox next week. The Cardinals will push Lance Lynn back a couple days to face Boston on Tuesday. Aug 1 - 5:37 PM

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Cardinals acquired RHP John Lackey and LHP Corey Littrell from the Red Sox for RHP Joe Kelly and OF Allen Craig.

It's another exciting blockbuster trade on an active 2014 deadline day. Lackey has posted a strong 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 116/32 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this season for Boston and should be even better with the move to the National League. He holds a bargain $500,000 club option for the 2015 season as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals gave up two big major league pieces in Kelly and Craig, but they're both having disappointing years.
Jul 31 - 1:20 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals have acquired John Lackey from the Red Sox.

Joe Kelly and Allen Craig are headed to the Red Sox in an interesting three-player swap. Lackey was sporting a cool 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 116/32 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this season for Boston and gets a nice fantasy boost moving from the American League to the National League, and from Fenway Park to Busch Stadium. He holds a bargain $500,000 option for 2015.
Jul 31 - 12:35 PM

The Red Sox are close to trading John Lackey to either the Cardinals or Dodgers, reports ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes.

Both clubs are good fits. The Dodgers want to fortify a rotation that is pretty good 1-5, but would be in serious trouble in the event of an injury. The Cardinals, meanwhile, would like to add more depth to a rotation currently relying heavily on Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller. New acquisition Justin Masterson is still on the disabled list, and Carlos Martinez didn't acquit himself well as a starter and was moved back to the bullpen. Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha are obviously both shelved as well.
Jul 31 - 12:32 PM

The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham was told by a source that there is a 70-percent chance John Lackey will be traded.

The Marlins have been tied to Lackey in recent days, and one wonders if the Fish will be more motivated now that another reported target, Tommy Milone, has been traded to the Twins. Owing to Lackey's 2012 Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox have a $500,000 club option for 2015 that is hugely attractive, especially to small market teams. The veteran right-hander has put up a solid a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 31 - 12:15 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is hearing that there's "zero chance" the Marlins trade for John Lackey.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported earlier Wednesday that the Fish were talking to the Red Sox about a deal involving the veteran righty, but apparently those negotiations didn't get very far. Morosi's colleague, Ken Rosenthal has said there's a "very good chance" Lackey is dealt somewhere. It just apparently won't be to Miami.
Jul 30 - 3:11 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Marlins and Red Sox are discussing a possible John Lackey trade.

The Marlins obviously like the fact that Lackey has a team option of $500,000 for next season. It also doesn't hurt that he's posted a 3.55 ERA over 50 starts since the beginning of last season. It's not clear at this point what kind of package the Marlins might be willing to give up.
Jul 30 - 2:39 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is a "very good chance" the Red Sox trade John Lackey in addition to Jon Lester.

The Red Sox have a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery, so while he might not bring as much as Lester, you can understand why he's sought after. The righty boasts a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings this season. Rosenthal says the Indians and Marlins are interested in Lackey. The Royals have previously been reported to have interest.
Jul 30 - 12:31 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have inquired on John Lackey.

It backs up a previous report from Gordon Edes of McCullough adds that the Red Sox are "said to be seeking a sizable return." It's not a surprise, given that Lackey has a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. The righty boasts a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 29 - 8:19 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are open to trading both John Lackey and Jon Lester for the right returns.

It had been clear that they were listening on Lester, but it appears they'd consider dealing Lackey, as well. While Lester is set to hit free agency after the season, the Red Sox have a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. That obviously makes his value much higher. Lackey is also pitching very well for the second straight season, posting a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings.
Jul 28 - 10:39 PM

John Lackey allowed just one run and two hits over seven innings Monday in a win over the Blue Jays.

Erik Kratz and Juan Francisco delivered back-to-back doubles in the third. As it turned out, they'd be the only Jays to reach against Lackey. He was at just 76 pitches when he was removed, but the Red Sox were up 14-1 and wanted to get Felix Doubront and Craig Breslow some work (neither had pitched since prior to the All-Star break). Lackey is now 11-6 with a 3.60 ERA.
Jul 21 - 10:05 PM

John Lackey yielded two runs over six innings in Friday's 8-3 win over the Astros.

Lackey was shaky, allowing four hits and five walks while throwing just 67 out of 117 pitches for strikes. Still, he managed to avoid any major damage. His five walks were a season-high and his most since returning from Tommy John surgery. He struck out three batters in the victory and will finish off the first half at 10-6 with a 3.79 ERA and 109/28 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings over 19 starts.
Jul 12 - 12:06 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there has been "lots of interest" in John Lackey.

The Red Sox would understandably prefer to deal Jake Peavy, as he's owed $7 million more this season and will be a free agent this winter, while Lackey is slated to earn just $500,000 in 2015 and has pitched much better than Peavy the last two seasons. The out-of-contention Red Sox will surely consider trading Lackey if they get a great offer, but it would take a lot.
Jul 9 - 11:18 AM

John Lackey gave up five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Saturday as the Red Sox fell to the Orioles.

The Red Sox won the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, but Lackey couldn't help them steal the second. He struck out 11 batters but surrendered 10 hits -- including two home runs. Lackey has struggled badly now in three straight starts, though his overall numbers are still good.
Jul 5 - 11:00 PM

John Lackey struggled, but still walked away with a victory against the Yankees on Sunday, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits over his five innings of work.

Lackey struck out two and walked one on the night. Once again, he was victimized by the long ball in New York, as Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran tagged him for back-to-back homers in the fourth inning. Even with the rough night, he still owns a strong 3.62 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 95/22 K/BB ratio over 112 innings on the season. He’ll look for better results when he takes on the Orioles at home on Saturday.
Jun 30 - 12:14 AM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Justin Masterson
6Shelby Miller
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Jason Motte
4Kevin Siegrist
5Randy Choate
6Sam Freeman
7Seth Maness