Jon Lester Should Be Traded If The Red Sox Don’t Want To Re-
about 3 days ago.
Updated about 3 days ago.
The Red Sox took their final stand last week, and promptly sat down. The club lost five consecutive games, and seemingly shattered any fleeting hopes of a legitimate playoff run in the second half of the season. General manager Ben Cherington said Saturday after the Jake Peavy deal that he’s “mindful of the math,” and will aim to improve the team for April 2015 prior to the non-waiver trade deadline July 31. But actions speak louder than words. The Red Sox will have to trade off most of their veterans who are in the final years of their contracts in order to maximize their assets at the deadline. Members of the team’s front office know how far they’re willing to extend themselves for Jon Lester, and they’re also aware of what his market value is. If they aren’t willing to meet his price, then they should trade him before Thursday afternoon. It would be a failure to let Lester leave, and only receive in a compensatory pick in return. Alex recaps the disastrous road trip against the Blue Jays and Rays that should lead the Red Sox to sell this week, including the latest chapter in the feud between David Ortiz and the Rays’ pitching staff. He also analyzes the AL East standings in the “Around the League” segment, and runs down what each club may look to do at the trade deadline. The Rays possess the most wins in Major League Baseball since June 11, but are still seven and a half games out of first place. Keeping David Price for the chance to participate in a one-game playoff may not be worth squandering a significant portion of his trade value. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame over the weekend. But the festivities were overshadowed by a change in the balloting process that may cost several all-time greats a chance at getting enshrined into Cooperstown. Follow Alex on Twitter, @AlexReimer1, and email him, firstname.lastname@example.org. Read him all week on BostInno.com, and listen to him Fridays from 3-6 p.m. EST on Glenn Ordway’s “Big Show Unfiltered.”