Monday, November 26, 2012

Could Jon Lester Be Dealt For Youthful Power?

Hosmer With Sox Fan
UPDATE: Sox Shoot Down Lester Rumors
There are strong suggestions that the Kansas City Royals want to deal some of their young talent for another top-of-rotation starter (after already getting Ervin Santana). They are said to be interested in either Jon Lester of the Red Sox or James Shields of the Rays. The Royals have patiently been building a youthful powerhouse of talent and may have to give up some of it to get what they need on the mound. A Lester deal could bring back first baseman Eric Hosmer—filling a gaping hole on the Carmine Hose. Hosmer is just 23 years old and has hit 19 and 14 home runs in his first two years. Last year, however, his average dipped all the way down to .232. He did finish third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2011. If the Royals don't want to deal their MLB-proven players, they may offer consensus "best guy in the minors" Wil Myers. The 21-year old Myers hit .304 at AAA Omaha last year and clouted 34 home runs. In any event, don't be shocked by a move as surprising as this by BenCher and the Red Sox at the Winter Meetings next week.