The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday that the Padres have discussed the possibility of trading for John Lackey, but only if the Red Sox pay most of the remainder of Lackey's contract.
Lackey, signed by the Sox as a free agent prior to the 2010 season, is owed 15.25 million for each of the next three seasons with a 500,000 assignment bonus if he is traded, for a total of 45.85 million.
Padres manager Bud Black was Lackey's pitching coach with the Angels.
Lackey was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in 28 starts in 2011. He -- along with fellow starters Josh Beckett and Jon Lester -- has been at the center of the recent controversy involving Sox starting pitchers drinking beer, eating take-out chicken and playing video games in the clubhouse during games in which they weren't pitching. Lackey issued a statement through the team Tuesday denying allegations, made by an anonymous source and reported by WHDH-TV, that the three also drank beer in the dugout during games.
The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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