Re: It certainly won't happen, but if the Yankees offered Brett Gardner for John Lackey, would you bite?
posted at 12/14/2013 12:12 PM EST
In response to Bigpapa1977's comment:
I think that you guys are vastly under-rating Gardner. He was 4.2 WAR last year, 3.7 in 2011 and 7.0 (!!) in 2010. He missed most of 2012 with an injury, but was off to a sizzling start (16 games, .804 OPS, .417 OBP). He would give the Sox everything they need from a CF'er: GREAT defense, a high OBP guy and speed at the top of the lineup.
He is going for his free agent contract and probably wants Ellsbury money. The Sox would most certainly offer him the QO after the season and would pick up a sandwich pick (plus the $$ draft slot next year). This would also allow the Sox to go after Tanaka (or another starter).
I don't know why we haven't seen more Tanaka threads. Since the posting bid has been reduced to $20 MM and if he gets posted, maybe he would want to join Uehara, Tazawa and the World Series Champs!
Lackey had a great 2013 season, but can the Sox expect the same production in 2014?
I have said it before and will say it again, Lackey is not going to play for the minimum in 2015 (and he is making $16.5 MM in 2014). He will require a contract extension or a 'redo' of his 2015 contract, paying him in the 10 MM range (or more) for 2015 or a longer term deal with slightly under market rate (12-14 MM).
That being said, this thread was for fun. There is no way that Cashman would trade Gardner to the Sox, and Ben wouldn't consider trading their #2 starter to the Yankees.
He doesn't have a choice the Sox might choose to resign him and sweeten his deal but in the end he got paid handsomely by the Red Sox for an entire season to rehab on thier dime and I doubt that he or his agent will take exception to him honoring his contract.