Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Will the Red Sox Trade Jon Lester?

We're almost two months removed from the most miserable season in Red Sox history since 1997, and still, the team is finding new ways to make us cringe.

Earlier this month, general manager Ben Cherington told the media that his team would still have one of the highest payrolls in Boston.  That's all well and good, but if you just start throwing money around at below average players -- i.e. Jonny Gomes -- its just going to make the situation that much worse.

Gomes was recently signed to a two year, $10 million contract.  A decent player, better clubhouse guy, but he's no 2012 Cody Ross.  The latest scare for Red Sox Nation?  Jon Lester could be on the move.

Will Myers is one of the top 10 prospects in the league right now, currently patrolling the outfield in the Royals' minor league system.  Kansas City has reportedly expressed their interest to add a front man to their starting rotation and has stated they are willing to deal Myers.  So let's get the rumor mill turning.

Lester and the Red Sox have not been in discussions for a contract extension, but that means nothing at this point.  With a struggling ball club that saw one of the worst starting pitching performances, I don't think anyone is jumping the gun on this deal.  A Lester-Myers deal, could be pretty enticing though, but you're comparing apples to oranges with an established starting pitcher versus a 21-year-old outfielder.  Although, as far as production last season, Myers hit .314 with 37 homers, 109 RBI and a .987 OPS.

So there's that.

We'll see what becomes of these rumors, although I would put money on the Red Sox holding onto Lester for many years to come.

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