The Boston Red Sox have been listening to trade offers for Jon Lester for the past couple of weeks, and they appear to be closing in on a deal involving their star pitcher.
According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are pushing the hardest to acquire Lester at this point in time. Both teams believe that they can beat out the Milwaukee Brewers to win the Central Divsion, but they both need pitching help in order to make that run.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014
There is no denying that all three teams are good landing spots for Lester, but it all depends on what the Red Sox want back in return from each team. All three teams have talent in their farm systems, but that doesn’t mean that they will be willing to move them. It seems that the Cardinals would likely be the team that bows out first after acquiring Justin Masterson from the Indians, but then again they are a just a move or two from getting back to the World Series again.
Lester has started in 21 games so far this season with the Red Sox, compiling a 10-7 record to go along with a 2.52 ERA and 149 strikeouts. He is the exact type of arm that could turn either of these three teams’ seasons around, and demands a high return in any trade. Boston hasn’t ruled out keeping him yet, although that seems more and more unlikely with each passing minute.
Overall, it will be a very interesting trade deadline as far as Lester is concerned. There are plenty of teams out there that need starting pitching, and there will likely be more teams that emerge as potential suitors before everything is said and done. Despite all of that, these three teams appear to be the most interested teams that have the necessary pieces to make a move to acquire Lester.