Report: Royals looking at John Lackey

July 31, 2014 - 3:28 am
The Kansas City Star is reporting that the Royals are among the teams checking in on Red Sox right-hander John Lackey. The Royals, according to the report, appear to be exploring the market for starters who would remain under team control through 2015, permitting the club to help brace itself for the anticipated departure of right-hander James Shields in free agency. At least in theory, Lackey -- who is subject to a team option at the major league minimum for next year as a result of missing all of 2012 after Tommy John surgery -- represents such a pitcher, though whether he would honor his contract and pitch for the minimum next year remains to be seen. According to the Star report, the Red Sox seek a power arm in exchange for Lackey, though the Royals, according to the report, are reluctant to move their top tier of prospects that would fit that description. According to the report: The Red Sox are seeking a power arm, according to people familiar with the situation. The Royals prize their prospects who fit that mold, pitchers like Kyle Zimmer, Sean Manaea and Miguel Almonte.