Source: Red Sox trade John Lackey to Cardinals for Joe Kelly, Allen Craig

July 31, 2014 - 8:42 am
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A source confirmed to WEEI a report that John Lackey is being traded to the Cardinals. Update.: The Red Sox will get right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig, while surrendering minor league left-hander Corey Littrell. Kelly, in his third major league season after being drafted in the third round in 2009 by St. Louis, is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in seven starts this season. The hard-throwing righty has fanned 25 while walking 10. Kelly missed almost two months with a hamstring injury, and he's struggled since his return, posting a 7.32 ERA in four July starts. Last year he was 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, with 79 strikeouts and 44 walks. Craig, a fifth-year major leaguer who hit over .300 the last three seasons, is struggling along at .237/.291/.346 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs in 97 games this year. His career line is .291/.343/.460 with 57 home runs and 291 RBIs. Littrell, a 2013 fifth-rounder from the University of Kentucky, was pitching for the Red Sox' Single-A affiliate in Salem, Virginia. In 19 games (18 starts) he compiled a 5-5 record, 3.60 ERA and 1.390 WHIP, with 91 strikeouts vs. 38 walks in 100 innings.

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