Jon Lester Scratched From Start And On The Move But To Where?
The Boston Red Sox have just announced that Jon Lester will be scratched from his start tomorrow against the Toronto Blue Jays which will presumably be the end of his tenure in Boston. Lester is on the cusp of free agency and would be a welcomed rental addition for many teams chasing the post-season.
Lester is 10-7 this season with a 2.52 earned run average and a tidy 1.119 WHIP in 21 starts for the basement dwelling World Series champions.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were rumored to be a front-runner in the Lester sweepstakes with a loaded farm-system of prospects to dangle as bait. Speculation surfaced earlier today that the Pirates were molding an offer around power-hitting prospect Josh Bell.
Other Lester suitors include the Toronto Blue Jays who could centre an offer around either Daniel Norris or Dalton Pompey for the services of the lefty. The Jays are in the thick of things currently occupying the second wild-card spot and could desperately benefit from a legitimate ace. Ironically, if the Jays could acquire Lester tonight, he could toe the rubber against his former team tomorrow as the Jays go for the sweep against the Sox.
The Miami Miarlins, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and just about every other team over .500 have all checked in on Lester.
John Farrell was quoted after their 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays that Brandon Workman would replace Lester in light of all the uncertainty. Red Sox leader Dustin Pedroia voiced his displeasure of a possible Lester trade calling the pitcher “not a teammate but family.”
Pedroia on Lester: “he’s not a teammate. He’s family . Hope we open the door ( tomorrow ) and he’s here
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) July 30, 2014
Stay tuned baseball fans as the plot is about to thicken in the coming hours surrounding not only Jon Lester but the entire dynamics of the Red Sox dressing room. What a difference a year makes.