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There’s “lots of interest in John Lackey”

World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: John Lackey #41 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of Game Two of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Maybe not by Buck Showalter or Nelson Cruz, but by other people:

Peavy is he guy Red Sox would deal but lots of interest in Lackey

— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 9, 2014

Fun, but I can’t imagine the Red Sox would want to trade Lackey. Because of the famous clause in his contract that gave the Sox a team option on him for 2015 if he missed significant time to an elbow injury during the deal -- which he did in 2012 -- the Sox can have him next year for the major league veteran minimum. There’s a great chance that the Sox tear that up and do a different deal with Lackey, but they do have some leverage with him on that score.

More to the point, though: Lackey has been a pretty darn effective starter for the Sox this season and last and has, somewhat remarkably, turned into a guy Sox fans really like. Boston likely does not believe that this apparently lost season is something that will bleed over to next year and, as such, they likely picture him contributing to the 2015 Sox.

Anything can happen, but I’d be surprised if he were dealt.