On December 14, 2009, the Boston Red Sox made one of the worst moves in franchise history, signing John Lackey to a five-year, $82.5 million contract. Lackey has been nothing less than a headache in Boston since then with a 26-23 record and an ERA of 5.26. In 15 of his 28 starts last season, he didn't pitch more than six innings and also gave up at least five earned runs 10 times.
It is obvious that GM Ben Cherington needs to do his best to trade Lackey away during this offseason, despite his unappealing contract. He is a parasite to the team, complaining almost every time that now ex-manager Terry Francona came out to the mound to replace him.
Reports show that Lackey and other pitchers were occasionally drinking alcohol during games. Clearly this guy doesn't care about anyone but himself. If he did, he would have been on the top step supporting his teammates.
It won't be any easy task to move a guy who will be making $15.25 million in each of the next three years but it should be on the top of Cherington's "to-do list." Here are some players who could be traded for John Lackey in a "Our Trash for Your Trash" deal.