Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images
When starting pitcher John Lackey signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in December 2009, he couldn't possibly have imagined what would transpire over the next two seasons.
Lackey was decent in 2010, posting a 14-10 record and 4.40 ERA. In 2011, however, the roof caved in. Lackey posted a 12-12 record and 6.41 ERA in 28 starts, one of the worst ERAs for any starting pitcher in Red Sox history.
In addition, Lackey was named as one of the culprits in the beer and chicken wing scandal that rocked the Red Sox in early October 2011 (via The Boston Globe). Lackey didn't help his cause by blaming the media instead of owning up to his role.
Lackey also underwent Tommy John surgery during the offseason, missing the entire 2012 season.
Vernon Wells has yet to get on track following his trade from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Los Angeles Angels. Wells hit just .218 in 2011 with 25 HR and 66 RBI, and followed up with a .230 average in 2012 with 11 HR and 29 RBI.
Wells also spent two months on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his thumb, losing his starting role to Mark Trumbo in the process.
During his time with the Angels, Lackey developed a reputation as a reliable innings-eater who demanded the ball in big games.
Wells has always been a great clubhouse presence, but there's no question his situation in Anaheim has eaten away at him.
A change in scenery for both players could be just what the doctor ordered.