In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
What type of prospects do we think we could even get back for Lackey? I'm sure we could get some quality guys, but it's not like we would get a top 25 prospect. And if we wanted prospects with higher ceilings, then we would likely have to accept guys that are younger, more raw, and further away (not that I'm entirely opposed to that). It's not like we would get back Xander Bogaerts or anything for him.
Lackey might not be as good as he was last year, but perhaps he comes really close for the next two years. If you can explain away his 2011 season (because it is obvious he was pitching hurt the entire time) then he is effectively the same pitcher today as he has always been.....perhaps he does give us two more solid years.
And if he does pitch solid for two more years, then he's a Q.O. candidate, which means he would either give us one more year, or return a draft pick and thus give us a prospect anyways.
He probably wouldnt be the only one involved in the trade. And of couse, it depends on the return. Lackey could get someone better than 25. Id bet $$ on that.
Well if he could, then I might be up for a trade. In reality, everyone is tradeable it all comes down to price.
I for the life of me would never trade Xander Bogaerts, not even for Stanton. But If I was the G.M. and Miami came forward and offered Stanton and Fernandez for Bogaerts and Owens....I'd take it in a heart beat. But that would never happen.
If the return was is a good haul, the G.M. should always pull the trigger.