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Red Sox trade John Lackey to Cardinals for Joe Kelly, Allen Craig
John Lackey has been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Red Sox have agreed to a trade that will send John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig. Jon Heyman had the news of the trade first, with Peter Gammons ...
Joe Kelly won't save the Red Sox rotation, but he's a start
Kelly has been a solid back-end arm for a few years now.
Joe Kelly has been a solid pitcher for the Cardinals since arriving in the majors in 2012. He's bounced between the bullpen and the rotation, but has spent most of his time in the la...
Red Sox trade rumors: Tigers 'close' to acquiring Andrew Miller
The Red Sox are zeroing in on their third trade of the day.
[Update] So much for that...
Tigers are NOT getting Andrew Miller
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2014
Allen Craig is a gamble the Red Sox should take
Craig's 2014 is not going well, but his past suggests the Red Sox did the right thing.
Allen Craig is having a rough 2014 season. He's hit just .237/.291/.346 and has already struck out 77 times in 398 plate appearances. That's not an absu...
Red Sox trade John Lackey to St. Louis Cardinals
John Lackey has been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Red Sox have agreed to a trade that will send John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals according to John Heyman of CBS Sports.
Cards getting lackey
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS)
Will Red Sox make Rusney Castillo their next big addition?
The Red Sox have been paying close attention to the next big thing out of Cuba.
While the trade deadline has stolen the spotlight of late, there's a storm brewing in Miami, where Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo has been working out for i...
The Red Sox need for Yoenis Cespedes
The Red Sox just don't hit for power right now, but Cespedes can help change that.
Unless one of the Red Sox pitching prospects happens to evolve in an unexpected way, there is no future Jon Lester on the farm. The Red Sox do have pitching...
Unlike Lester, will Red Sox extend Yoenis Cespedes?
Yoenis Cespedes is here for 2015, but will the Red Sox let him walk afterwards, or do they have long-term plans for their new outfielder?
Yoenis Cespedes is now a member of the Boston Red Sox. What remains to be seen is for how long.
For Jon Lester and the Red Sox, it's just business
We want it to be more than that, but baseball is business in the end.
When "The Artist" won the Academy Award for Best Picture, no one lamented that the purportedly silent film was in fact just mostly silent. Nobody cared about the purity...
Red Sox trade Jon Lester to the Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
The Red Sox have finally dealt their ace Jon Lester, signaling the official push for 2015 and beyond.
The Red Sox have traded their homegrown ace and impending free agent Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes ...
Red Sox trade rumors: Pirates, Cardinals 'pushing hardest' for Jon Lester
With mere hours to go before the trade deadline, two teams still have their sights set on the Red Sox' ace.
With the Orioles seemingly unwilling to hand over the top prospects the Red Sox require, the Jon Lester trade market has opened bac...
Daily Red Sox Links: Jon Lester, Stephen Drew, Mike Carp
Today's links cover some of the rumors surrounding Jon Lester, Stephen Drew and Mike Carp.
Jon Lester is probably the biggest story around the entire league this trade deadline, and it probably should have never gotten to this point. (
Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 6: One last reminder
In case you'd forgotten, the reason the Red Sox are sellers is because, yes, they're quite bad.
The Red Sox' final game before the trade deadline provided Red Sox fans with three hours of agony and one last reminder why exactly they're sel...
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays: The grind doesn't stop for one man
Jon Lester is being traded. Everybody is freaking out and basically not paying attention to anything else. But the Red Sox still have a game to play.
Jon Lester is all anyone cares about today, but here are the lineups anyway!
Red Sox trade rumors: Cubs trade for Felix Doubront
Felix Doubront's time in Boston is done, as the Red Sox have shipped him off to Chicago in exchange for a player to be named later.
The Red Sox and Cubs have agreed to a deal that will send Felix Doubront to Chicago according to Jeff Pass...
Red Sox trade rumors: Orioles 'close' to acquiring Jon Lester
The Red Sox would get a pitcher back in the deal along with the likely prospect return.
All indications this week were that Red Sox ace Jon Lester was going to be traded rather than extended before Thursday's trade deadline. It's not offic...
Red Sox trade rumors: Marlins discussing John Lackey deal
The Marlins' chances in 2014 aren't great, but in 2015, Lackey would be a huge boost.
The Marlins sit at .500, five games back in the NL East and four back of a wild card spot. Their chances to make it to the postseason aren't great, but t...
MLB Trade Deadline: Cardinals trade for Justin Masterson, out on Jon Lester?
The Cardinals have traded for Justin Masterson, perhaps signalling the end of their pursuit of Jon Lester?
[Update]: You don't say?
I'm told Masterson acquisition does not necessarily take Cardinals out of the Jon Lester sweepstakes.
Red Sox minor lines: Not that anyone's interested today
Hey, the minor leaguers played and--oh, you're gonna go talk about Jon Lester? Okay, that's...that's fine I guess.
Oh sure, right now minor lines don't seem all that interesting! Who cares about Blake Swihart when Jon Lester is about to be...
Red Sox trade rumors: 'Very good chance' John Lackey and Jon Lester are traded
The Red Sox might very well just blow up this whole rotation before the deadline.
Trading John Lackey doesn't make sense for the Red Sox unless they are getting a massive return that they can't turn down. That's what makes Ken Rosenthal'...
Red Sox trade rumors: Dodgers, Cardinals are Jon Lester favorites
With a little over a day to go until the trade deadline, two NL teams are pushing hardest for Lester.
Even if you've spent the last 48 hours hiking in the wilderness, you're probably aware that a Jon Lester trade appears imminent.
Jon Lester, the end of the road, and asking why
The Red Sox season is over. The only thing left to do is find out who whether Jon Lester is staying or going.
The Red Sox are going to trade Jon Lester. He's the best pitcher on the Red Sox, he wants to stay in Boston, he's been here his ...
Daily Red Sox Links: Jon Lester, John Lackey, Mike Napoli
Today's links look at the Red Sox's approach to the trade deadline, specifically surrounding Jon Lester.
There's no doubt the Red Sox can afford Jon Lester's demands in the short-term, but can they...
Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 4: All evened out
The Red Sox have matched their 7-1 tear with a 1-7 slide. Thus always in 2014.
Remember that 7-1 Red Sox run? Well, they've matched it now, taking their seventh loss in eight games Tuesday night, 2-4 to the Blue Jays.
You may remember thi...
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays: What have you learned, Rubby De La Rosa?
Hopefully time will make all the difference for Rubby De La Rosa, who surrendered seven runs to the Blue Jays just five days ago.
The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play a game which we can all listen to in the background while obsessing over ...
Red Sox trade rumors: Pirates emerging as Jon Lester 'dark-horse'
If Lester is going to be gone, swapping him out for a big bat would make all kinds of sense.
It's becoming more clear as the hours until the July 31 trade deadline dwindle that Jon Lester is going to be traded. If he's not, it won't be for...
The Over The Monster Podcast: Episode 108: Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal on the trade deadline
Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal talks Red Sox deadline with Matt Kory
The trade deadline is upon us and with the Red Sox hopelessly out of contention, the discussion has turned to dealing assets. Prime among those is Red Sox ace
The Red Sox shouldn't trade John Lackey
Unless an offer the Red Sox absolutely cannot refuse comes in, they should hang on to Lackey for 2015.
Trading Jon Lester makes all kinds of sense. He's a free agent at the end of the season, the Red Sox aren't sure they'll commit the doll...
Red Sox Trade Deadline/Fire Sale
Jon Lester, John Lackey, Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, even Jonny Gomes! The Red Sox have plenty of potential free agents (or retirees) to trade. Who will go where, and what will they get back?
The Red Sox have called the Phillies to talk ab...
Red Sox trade rumors: Mariners, Orioles, Brewers all want Jon Lester
Would the Sox trade Lester within the division? It depends on what's being offered.
With the Rays suddenly turning their season around, the pitching market has changed. David Price isn't on it anymore, which means the market for Jon Lester...
Red Sox trade rumors: Jon Lester trade necessitated by market
With Jon Lester standing alone atop the pitching market, the Red Sox almost have to trade their lefty ace.
The Red Sox' decision to trade Jon Lester has been made quite a bit easier, says Jayson Stark, by the ideal market that's developed...
Red Sox trade rumors: Jon Lester, John Lackey both available for 'right returns'
The Sox might not trade either of them, but they're listening for a reason to.
Jon Lester has been in the news as a potential trade deadline piece for a few days now, but John Lackey's name had yet to be mentioned. That's over now thanks t...
The Red Sox and the importance of a protected 1st-round pick
The Red Sox would love to start the 2014 season over, but they can at least take solace in the fact that their struggles will help rebuild for 2015.
There's really no other way to describe 2014 other than as a lost season. Just like in 201...
Daily Red Sox Links: Bobby Valentine, David Ortiz, Felix Doubront
Today's links look at how much worst things could be, whether or not Papi should be flipping bats and the relative terribleness of Felix Dpubront.
Bobby Valentine: Worst manager ever? (Justin Barrasso; Boston Herald)