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MLB Trade Rumors: Boston Red Sox to Move Jon Lester and John Lackey

July 29th, 2014 at 1:58 PM
By Michael Moraitis

UPDATE: Wednesday, July 30 at 12:52 p.m. ET

The Boston Red Sox are in full sell mode before the July 31 MLB trade deadline.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that both Jon Lester and John Lackey could be moved in the next day or two:

We already knew there were plenty of rumblings about Lester, but Lackey's name has been coming up more and more in the recent days. That's two-fifths of the Sox rotation potentially being moved out one year after winning a World Series.

It certainly seems the Yankees have one less team to worry about in the American League East.

End of Update


Original Text

You can file this one into the 'duh' folder.

The Boston Red Sox apparently aren't inclined to trade their ace, Jon Lester, to their American League East archrival, the New York Yankees; although general manager Ben Cherington will deal him within the division to other squads.

Sean McAdam of reports the not so surprising news:

With Lester a short-term rental — he's eligible for free agency after the season — the Red Sox won't be dissuaded from trading him within the division, although that willingness doesn't extend to the rival New York Yankees.

This makes sense. After all, the Red Sox don't want to get their brains beat in by their best pitcher, courtesy of the Evil Empire. More than likely, Lester would be traded far, far away to a place he can't hurt the Red Sox, if at all.

A trade with Boston wouldn't make much sense anyway. Granted, the Yanks need a pitcher this season in order to increase their playoff chances, but Lester will be a free agent after the 2014 season and that's when the Yankees will pounce on him.

Instead of giving up a ton of top prospects and money in a long-term deal that would be hammered out after Lester comes to the Bronx, the Yanks can just wait it out and spend the money in the offseason.

Besides, Lester has made it clear he would be willing to return to Boston even if the team deals him before July 31. At best, he can be considered a rental if traded.

It's doubtful Lester will be moved at all. Sure, there are plenty of teams interested in him that are ready to trade their future for his services, however the risk is there that he may not re-sign, thus wasting the time of any team who acquires him. On top of that, the Sox would be risking losing Lester forever should they deal him and he re-sign in his new home.


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