Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Team source shoots down Lester rumor
By Gordon Edes
No need for Jon Lester to contact a realtor in Kansas City.
“There’s nothing going on” between the Red Sox and Royals regarding a possible trade for the Red Sox left-hander, a team source said Tuesday, responding to a Kansas City Star report that the Royals and Sox had discussed a deal in which the Sox would have received top outfield prospect Wil Myers in return.
The source hinted that the topic may have been broached; after losing 93 games last season, the Red Sox are open to discussing a wide range of trade possibilities, and teams generally ask about most players in which they have even a modicum of interest.
The soon-to-be-22-year-old Myers is considered one of the top prospects in baseball. Last season, he hit .314 in 134 games between the Double-A and Triple-A levels, with 37 homers, 109 RBIs and a .987 OPS.
Lester is coming off the worst season of his career. The 28-year-old lefty was 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA in 2012. He had won at least 15 games in each of the previous four seasons.
The Royals are clearly rebuilding their pitching staff, having already added Ervin Santana and Jeremy Guthrie, and Star baseball reporter Bob Dutton noted that the Royals might be willing to part with Myers for a No. 1 starter, like Tampa Bay’s James Shields or Lester. But Dutton cautioned that the talks had not advanced very far, and the Red Sox source made it clear it wasn’t going anywhere.
The Red Sox are expected to enter 2013 with Lester anchoring their rotation. They have him under team control for two more seasons (2014 is a team option), and it would seem highly unlikely the Sox would move him unless they had another commensurate pitching move to make.
Your turn: So it looks like this rumored Lester-for-Myers possibility that finally lit the Sox hot stove is fizzling out. Nevertheless, it was an intriguing possibility. Which player would you rather have going forward, Lester or Myers? Vote in the poll above and share your thoughts in the comments section.