Less than a season after pitching in the World Series clincher against the Cardinals, John Lackey has been traded from the Red Sox to St. Louis at the trade deadline in exchange for Allen Craig. (Boston Globe)

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 »

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Jon Lester (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It has been a whirlwind 24 hours with Jon Lester rumored to be going everywhere from Baltimore to Los Angeles. In the end, A’s GM Billy Beane was the most aggressive and was able to bring Jon Lester to Oakland. The additions of Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes make the Athletics, already a postseason contender, an immediate World Series favorite. Continue reading Done Deal: Lester and Gomes to Oakland for Cespedes »

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The Red Sox dealt a starting pitcher on Wednesday — no, not that one.

Boston traded lefty Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later. That player will be sent to the Red Sox after the Rule 5 Draft and is expected to be a low-level prospect.

Doubront has been pretty bad this season, accumulating a 6.04 ERA in 17 games (10 starts). Continue reading Red Sox Trade Felix Doubront to Chicago Cubs »

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Jon Lester

The Red Sox have scratched lefty Jon Lester from his scheduled start on Wednesday in lieu of all of the trade rumors swirling around him and the team.

Brandon Workman will be called up from Triple-A start in Lester’s place. Continue reading Jon Lester Trade Rumors: Lester Scratched from Wednesday Start »

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Jon Lester before Tuesday night's game at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

I love Jon Lester. As a native New Englander with a passion for baseball, I have always admired the intensity Lester brings to the mound every fifth day. He has been a reliable starting pitcher since his first full season, making at least 31 starts every year since 2008, and his 21 starts this season rank second amongst left-handed pitchers in the American League. Lester contributed to two World Series championship teams, played under multiple managers, and experienced the frustrations of a last place team while with the Red Sox. Despite his passion, perseverance, and experience, Lester should be traded before the 4pm deadline on Thursday.

The philosophy of the Boston Red Sox changed after the disastrous Carl Crawford signing. The front office is aware that signing players to large contracts after they’ve reached the wrong side of 30 can be a costly mistake. If it weren’t for the 2012 Nick Punto trade, Boston would be in significantly worse shape than they are today. With Lester, they have a second chance to recognize a bad contract before it’s signed. Continue reading Trading Jon Lester Could Ignite a Red Sox Dynasty »

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Matt Kemp is the wrong target for the Red Sox (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

According to a club source, the Boston Red Sox would consider a trade centered around sending Jon Lester to Los Angeles in exchange for Dodgers’ outfielder Matt Kemp. Outside of your fantasy baseball league, such a trade would seem unlikely, but given the two teams negotiating and the state of each franchise, the deal would actually be extremely fair.

Don’t get me wrong, I hate this trade for both sides. Given the news that Lester will not agree to an extension with the team he is traded to, the Dodgers would be losing one of the best offensive talents in the game at a time when runs have come at a premium, and would only gain Lester for the next few months as they seek a World Series championship. There’s no guarantee that Lester sticks around beyond October.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox would be absorbing a contract that owes Kemp $107 million from 2015-2019 (unless the Dodgers are willing to eat a big portion of the deal). Continue reading Red Sox – Dodgers Trade Rumor: Jon Lester for Matt Kemp? »

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Red Sox ace Jon Lester throws for the American League All-Star Game from Target Field in Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Caught ya!

Well it didn’t take long for the Red Sox to get rid of A.J Pierzynski before someone picked him up. Reports are saying he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis is already plagued with problems behind the plate, as they lost Yadier Molina earlier this month to surgery after a thumb injury. St. Louis was already splitting time between Tony Cruz and George Kottaras, which makes this move somewhat unorthodox as Pierzynski is older, was referred to as being a poor influence in the clubhouse by many in Boston and so far has experienced one of his worst seasons of his career.

Pitching Woes

Also rumored to possibly be on the move is Jon Lester. Continue reading Red Sox Trade Rumors: AJ Pierzynski to Cardinals, Jon Lester to… »

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