Well it has been quite an eventful day in Wahooland. Earlier today, the Indiansdealt starting pitcher Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals for OF prospect James Ramsey. Meeting with the media just after the deal, both GM Chris Antonetti and Manager Terry Francona denied that this trade signaled a sell off for 2015. In fact, they are looking to add pieces in the next 24 hours.
“Anybody who stands next to me in the dugout knows that’s not going to happen,” said Francona when asked if the White Flag was being waved.
So what does this mean exactly? Well according to several media reports, the Indians are taking a long look at Boston starter John Lackey.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2014
There’s indeed some fire under the smoke with Lackey and Indians rumors. Cleveland has interest, though nothing is imminent right now.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 30, 2014
Lackey would make a lot of sense for an Indians team in dire need of a veteran rock for the rotation. he’s been solid this season (11-7, 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 109 ERA+, and 3.56 FIP). Masterson should have been that guy, but he essentially pitched his way out of town.
What makes the 35-year old Lackey intriguing to the Indians is his team option for 2015 at $500,000. Yes, you read that correctly. The Red Sox put a clause into his original five-year, $82.5 million deal that if he missed an entire season due to injury, it would kick in a $500,000 club option at the back end. He missed all of 2012 after needing Tommy John surgery, thus the amazingly cheap 2015 salary.
Stay tuned, the Indians are most likely not done. Asdrubal Cabrera could be next or they could add another piece as well.