The Boston Red Sox have traded John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for first baseman-outfielder Allen Craig and right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly.
The Cardinals will also receive minor league pitcher Corey Littrell and cash considerations.
Craig has been with the Cardinals since the beginning of his career in 2006, and plays both first base and in the outfield. Between Craig and Yoenis Cespedes, who was acquired in the Jon Lester trade with the Oakland Athletics, the Red Sox now have much better outfield options. Over the 97 games this season, Craig has been hitting .237/.291/.346, though he has the potential to consistently bat .300 based on previous years’ performances. He made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2010 and had All-Star game appearances in 2012 and 2013. Continue reading MLB Trade Deadline: Red Sox Trade John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for Allen Craig »