In response to mef429's comment:
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our best bet to trade lackey is after this season. if he pitches well then a team would be willing to pick up his contract knowing they would get a "free" year at the end.

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If he pitches well, why would we want to trade him? I get  that many see him as part of the problem (2010 & 2011 teams, Chicken & Beer etc, his lost season due to surgury)...Fact of the matter is, it's not his fault that Epstein threw a ton of cash at him knowing that he came with a pre-existing elbow condition. One that he tried to pitch through for two season with lackluster results before finally sucumbing and needing surgury. In the process never once did Lackey refuse to take the ball and give it his all and even after getting his hat handed to him on a few occasions did he ever say it was due to his elbow...

Entering the 2013 season Lackey has the opportunity to reinvent himself and if he regains the form that made him one of the best big game pitchers in the league pre 2009. My guess is that many of his detractors will forget his perceived transgressions and occially join the John Lackey fan club...End of the day it's in his best interest to come back healthy. Take the ball every five days and show he's still able to get out big league hitters. Then the jeers in fenway will fade to cheers and all will be forgiven...that's the nature of being a professional pitcher...