Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lester Scratched From Start; Trade Likely Today

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced—immediately after last night's loss to the Blue Jays—that Jon Lester would not make his scheduled start tonight. Clearly, a deal is imminent—the only question being who the trade partner will be. Depending on the source, between six and eight teams are bidding on Lester—with the Pirates being the most intriguing. Here's our earlier story on what the Pirates can offer Boston. Farrell's exact words were, "Yeah, Brandon Workman will start. In light of all the uncertainty surrounding Jon Lester, it’s probably in everyone’s best interests that he does not make that start, so Brandon will be recalled. There will be a corresponding move roster-wise at some point."