MLB trade rumors that involve the Kansas City Royals are mostly mundane to this point, but one of the more well-known names bouncing around is that of Boston Red Sox starter John Lackey. Boston recently proclaimed their readiness to deal Lackey, which promoted inquiries from the Royals, the Los Angeles Dodgers and others. What would his contract as a Royal look like, and would he actually be a good fit for KC?
Lackey’s 3.6 ERA beats Jeremy Guthrie‘s by 0.9 and Yordano Ventura‘s by .03, but it’s lower than all other full-time Royals starters. Only two Red Sox have more than Lackey’s 32 walks, but only Royal-killer Jon Lester has more than Lackey’s 116 strikeouts. Only one Royal has less walks this season and only one has more strikeouts. Local media reports that KC is also interested in the 35-year-old veteran because of the cost-effectiveness of a possible acquisition. The Royals could retain Lackey for the end of this season and all of 2015 for only around $5.5 million.
Whether it’s a good deal or not is just irrelevant. KC simply cannot fill their rotation with freshly bought, statistically average starters. Danny Duffy should be expected to be awesome and Ventura is right behind him in his advancement, but KC is now forced to stick to the game plan by either buying into legit pitching or regressing in 2015. A rotation including Lackey and the other current Royals starters, minus James Shields, won’t inspire much hope from Royals fans. Acquiring Boston’s Andrew Miller, on the other hand, is a totally different story.