Jul 5, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (41) pitches during the first inning in game two against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Conflicting Reports on Marlins and John Lackey Trade Talks

In their pursuit of a controllable, veteran starting pitcher, the Marlins have been linked to several names over the past couple days. You can now add John Lackey of the Red Sox to that list, as John Morosi reports.

The Marlins have played well of late, and rather than sell they want to add a starting pitcher who could help them this season and the next. Lackey fits the mold, and he has enjoyed success this season in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. Lackey has a 3.56 FIP and a 1.23 WHIP so far, striking out 7.6 hitters per 9 innings. On the other hand, a source closer to the Marlins in Clark Spencer is reporting that Lackey won’t be headed to South Beach.

Hearing that there is “zero chance” of a Lackey trade to #Marlins — clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 30, 2014

These types of conflicting reports are the norm around the trade deadline, as teams go back and forth trying to figure out what it will take to acquire  a player. The rumor mill is officially spinning, and I would be surprised if the Marlins didn’t acquire a pitcher of some sort before Friday.  If they want to stay hot and make a playoff push, having the likes of Jacob Turner and Brad Hand rounding out the rotation probably wont get them there.

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