St. Louis Cardinals acquire John Lackey in trade with Boston Red Sox

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The St. Louis Cardinals acquired starting pitcher John Lackey from the Red Sox Thursday before the trade deadline (©GettyImages)
The St. Louis Cardinals acquired starting pitcher John Lackey from the Red Sox Thursday before the trade deadline (©GettyImages).

The Boston Red Sox have made yet another trade before the Thursday deadline. Boston and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a deal that would send Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey to St. Louis for outfielder Allen Craig and starting pitcher Joe Kelly.

Boston's trades tell a story

It was unheard what the status of Boston would be, whether they would be sellers, or feeling as if they still had a chance to make a postseason run despite a below average first half of the season. With the two trades that they have made Thursday, some may still question what their status is. Boston has now traded away both Lackey and Jon Lester, not to mention just several days ago, they trade Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants. 

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Though Boston has traded away three of their starting pitchers, they have also acquired three players that could help them stay in the race. The starting rotation took a big hit, but the lineup that has struggled to score at times this season, has improved in a big way.

The addition of Yoenis Cespedes calling Fenway Park home for likely the remainder of the season, could only help the Cuban slugger. Boston hopes Cespedes will be able to blast a few long balls over the Green Monster and be an important part to the middle of a Boston lineup that has seen David Ortiz turn it on as of late. 

New guys can make impact

Adding Craig also may only help Boston as well. Craig has not quite been himself all year with St. Louis, but has the potential to be an important part of an offense, and possibly a change of scenery will help Craig turn his season around.

Along with Craig, a teammate comes to Boston with him. Kelly spent most of the first half of his season on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Kelly is 2-2 on the year, but has shown signs of being a reliable option in the starting rotation. 

It will be interesting to see what the two trades could possibly do for the Red Sox for the remainder of the season, especially in an American League East that seems to be up in the air, with no team taking complete control of the division. 

Cardinals looking at the postseason

As for the Cardinals, they receive the 35-year-old veteran pitcher John Lackey to help their rotation led by Cy Young candidate Adam Wainwright. Lackey went 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts this season.

St. Louis hopes he can keep up his consistent season, in hopes for the Cardinals to make yet another deep postseason run.

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