Red Sox Injury News: Boston Listening to Offers for John Lackey

John Lackey was the source of numerous trade rumors around this time last year.  However, any potential deals were tabled when it was determined that Lackey had damage in his arm.  He ultimately had to undergo Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2012 season.  Now, he is once again the source of trade rumors as the Boston Red Sox look to move him.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox may explore a trade for Lackey and the Angels have already reached out to them, but Boston is interested in seeing what Lackey can do post-Tommy John.  Lackey was a big time pick-up when the Red Sox signed him in 2009.  Unfortunately, he hasn't quite panned out.


Lackey posted an ERA over 4.00 just twice in the eight years he was with Los Angeles.  Once he came to Boston, he has had back-to-back seasons with an ERA over 4.00.  In 2011, Lackey had a career-high 6.41 ERA.  It was clear something was off, and it turned out to be an elbow injury.

Now, Boston, who is rebuilding and hopes to once again make themselves relevant in the American League East, would like to see if Lackey can help them.  But this does not mean they will not trade him if the right deal comes along.  Teams interested in Lackey will have to be cautious since he is coming off Tommy John surgery.  Lackey should be ready early in 2013, but his production level won't be known until he actually starts pitching.


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