Tuesday, July 29, 2014
1.) Jonny Gomes, OF. There are plenty of contending teams that could use the "Good Luck Playoff Charm" that is Gomes. The guy just seems to win wherever he goes. He still hits lefties at a ridiculous pace and is no longer in Boston's plans;
2.) Andrew Miller, RP. There isn't a scenario in baseball in which a lefty out of the bullpen isn't disproportionately valuable. Miller has been particularly effective this year (except in a few cases when he let inherited runners score). He is tall, imposing and out of town;
3.) Stephen Drew, SS. 'The Great Ten Million Dollar Experiment' was clearly a failure. The Red Sox now have two months to figure out if Xander Bogaerts is really going to be a productive shortstop in the major leagues. Dumping Drew allows for that. It also lets them put Will Middlebrooks back at third to see if he can regain his power stroke.
4.) David Ross, C. He's a great guy, and the GM recently assured everyone "Rossy" is sticking around, but, honestly, "why?" He's getting older by the day, can't hit and is blocking a two-month look at the Blake Swihart/Christian Vazquez "Tandem Of The Future".
5.) Jon Lester, SP. This is a tough one. If BenCher is convinced he can re-sign Lester next year (for, say, 5 years and $130 million), then he will be dealt for prospects at the last minute.
a total of seven teams are now involved in discussions about Jon Lester. The ever-shifting seven are: the Blue Jays, Mariners, Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers, Orioles and (a new one to the list) Marlins. Just the sheer number of parties involved tends to reinforce the prevailing view that a trade is virtually inevitable. One of these suitors is bound to offer Boston an attractive package—and Sox GM Ben Cherington can still daydream about re-signing Lester for next year.
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the Red Sox have let it be known that they would trade both Jon Lester and John Lackey—if they got an appropriate return back in players and prospects. If true, this would represent the clearest "white flag" yet in this horrific year. Arguably, Lester and Lackey have been the two most effective starters for The Carmine Hose over the last year and a half—raising the question of: 'just who would anchor the staff?' if both of these veterans leave. Curiouser and curiouser!
the Milwaukee Brewers are now burning up the phone lines to Yawkey Way in pursuit of the lefty. The BrewCrew currently sits atop the NL Central, but could use Lester to stave off the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds in the pennant race. Reportedly, the bait being dangled by Milwaukee is one of their top pitching prospects—right-handed starter Jimmy Nelson (10-2 with a 1.46 ERA at AAA earlier this year). After being called up by the big club, however, he is 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA. Nevertheless, three of his four big league starts so far have been pretty good—for example, in his last outing against the Metropolitans, he went seven innings, giving up just two earned runs. Presumably, the Brewers would have to add additional prospects to any package for Lester.
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Monday, July 28, 2014
the Baltimore Orioles are now expressing interest in trading for Red Sox ace Jon Lester. While previous reports had the lefty going to the Dodgers, the latest word is that the Denizens Of Chavez Ravine are turning their attention to the Phillies and Cole Hamels. The reasons given for the switch are: A.) Boston is not that interested in being saddled with Matt Kemp and his contract and B.) Hamels is signed through 2018 (as opposed to Lester who could be just a three-month rental). Look for these twists and turns to intensify as Thursday's Trade Deadline draws closer.
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the Red Sox and Phillies—but notably not The Evil Empire—will hold private workouts for 27-year old Cuban defector Rusney Castillo. The speedy 5'9" outfielder escaped Fidel Castro's 'Socialist Paradise' (AKA Prison Island) and can hook on with any MLB club without hitting their international bonus pool money. It's estimated that Castillo will sign for between $25 and $35 million.
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there is a "growing expectation" that Jon Lester will be traded by the Red Sox before the deadline—most likely to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whether the return to Boston is in the form of a package including 30-year old Matt Kemp (minus some of his humongous contract obligations) or just prospects—most likely stud center fielder Joc Pederson, remains to be seen. This could be even faster moving than we expected, so keep an ear to the ground!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
a deal may be in the works between the Red Sox and Dodgers that would send Jon Lester to LA in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp. FenwayNation reported on the early rumblings of this transaction last week, but it appears that discussions have now moved ahead significantly since then. Lester, interestingly, has said he would be reluctant to sign an extension with any new team—so his trade value is somewhat more limited that it might otherwise be. The Red Sox have also had their eye on LA's top OF prospect Joc Pederson. Stay tuned, this could get interesting fast.
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