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.
For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.
Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game.
David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division.
They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.
Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.
Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.
Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.
Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.