Jul 22, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig (21) walks back to the dugout after striking out during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Busch Stadium. The Rays defeated the Cardinals 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox acquire Allen Craig, Joe Kelly for John Lackey

The MLB Trade Deadline is almost here, which means that some of the trades we’re going to be hearing announced will be ones that are hard to believe they were pulled off.

Usually there’s a team who pulls off this sort of trade each year, but the Boston Red Sox have done it twice in the span of just a few hours. After trading Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s for an All-Star outfielder, Boston has swapped John Lackey for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly.

Peter Gammons was the first to follow up the initial reports of the Lackey trade with just what Boston was getting back in return.

Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman confirmed Gammons report about Craig and Kelly being involved int he Lackey trade.

This trade acquisition comes after Boston some how acquired Yoenis Cespedes from the Oakland A’s, meaning that they are indeed building a whole new team in Boston. It’s an exciting time for the Red Sox as while they’re parting with pieces like Lackey, Lester, Gomes and Peavy, they’re getting back amazing return on trades that are hard to believe they pulled off.

Be sure to stay glued to FanSided’s MLB Rumors page to stay up to date with the latest action and rumbling from the baseball hot stove this trade season.

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