Boston Red Sox won’t trade Jon Lester
With Jon Lester’s recent struggles (18 runs in 8 innings over the last 2 starts), there has been talk that the Boston Red Sox might be trying to deal Jon Lester to whoever can make the best offer. The idea would be that other teams would simply see the struggling Jon Lester as a guy who was done in Boston and someone that could revitalize his career elsewhere.
Well the Red Sox aren’t dealing.
Source — Boston Red Sox won’t trade struggling Jon Lester es.pn/O96VTB
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I’m not sure whether or not this is a good thing. I heard an interesting thought from Tony Massarotti on 98.5′s Felger and Mazz yesterday that the Boston Red Sox in proving they are trying to make a “baseball move” and appeal to the diehard fans, it would make sense to deal guys like Jon Lester and Jacoby Ellbury to improve this team for the future. Basically the idea is that die hards would appreciate a move to acquire prospects and the “pink-hats” are the ones that say “WE NEED TO MAKE A BIG MOVE NOW”.
On one hand, I agree. It would be nice to make a “baseball” move for the future of the team seeing how the farm is shot and the chances look slimmer everyday that the Boston Red Sox can make legitimate noise in the post-season. I don’t think that trying to trade for a big name and making a splash is necessarily a “pink hat” move. It certainly is more profitable for the ownership as they can buy themselves another game potentially in the post-season and get more ticket sales, but there are a lot of die hard fans who would love to see this team make a move and believe we are still in it.
Me? I almost think that Jon Lester should be traded and we should get what we can. The problem is he’s shot his own value.