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The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday that the Padres have discussed the possibility of trading for John Lackey, but only if the Red Sox pay most of the remainder of Lackey's contract.
Lackey, signed by the Sox as a free agent prior to the 2010 season, is owed $15.25 million for each of the next three seasons with a $500,000 assignment bonus if he is traded, for a total of $45.85 million.
Padres manager Bud Black was Lackey's pitching coach with the Angels.
Lackey was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in 28 starts in 2011.
This sounds awesome. The fact that any major league team is even considering him as an option is a miracle within itself. . This would have to be the best move the soon to be General Manager can make. He not only gets rid of Lackey but getting a prospect or two in return?! Cherington would be in everybody's good graces just like that.
In all seriousness, Lackey could actually pitch effective in for the Padres. He won't allow as many home runs in the mammoth Petco Park and the change from the AL East to the NL West could drop that 6.41 ERA to 4.41. Hopefully Ben Cherington can get on the phone and just make this deal now. Something needs to happen with this team that doesn't involve the phrase "rally beers".
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