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Report: Someone Wants John Lackey?!?

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John Lackey (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

John Lackey (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – While nothing but bad news had been circling the Red Sox for the last month and a half, there is a glimmer of hope.

The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting the San Diego Padres have had internal discussions about trading for Red Sox starter John Lackey.

But, it will cost Boston. The Padres are only considering a possible trade if the Red Sox are willing to eat most of the $47.75 million the right-hander is owed over the next three seasons.

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Lackey, who turns 33 next week, is 26-23 with a 5.26 ERA in the first two years of a five-year, $82.5 million dollar deal he signed after the 2009 season. He posted a 12-12 record in 2011 with a 6.41 ERA, the worst ever by a Red Sox starter who pitched at least 120 innings.

He has been mentioned as one of the pitchers who were allegedly drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse during games this past season.

In a statement through the team on Tuesday night, though, he denied ever drinking beer in the dugout.

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