By Tyler Ruby on July 25, 2014
The contract negotiations between Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox have been tabled until after the season. With that comes serious trade speculation as the trade deadline is only six days away. Lester is only 30 years old, he won't cost nearly as much as David Price and he has proven to be a real commodity down the home stretch of the season. Here are the top five landing spots for Lester.
Although the Detroit Tigers are leading the AL Central by a comfortable seven games, their pitching is nowhere close to where it needs to be to contend for a World Series. Pitching has been their downfall in year's past, and even though they already went out and traded for Joakim Soria, something tells me that they aren't finished making moves.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in a dogfight to make the playoffs even with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the top of their rotation. The Dodgers have the prospects to make this deal happen, and they have made deals with the Boston Red Sox in the past. If they get desperate they could make a deal for Lester, and that would be one scary three-headed monster.
The Giants have the prospect pool to make this deal happen. Everyone thought that the Dodgers would be running away with the division, but here are the Giants sitting 1.5 games up on Los Angeles. Brian Sabean has shown that he is unafraid to take chances at the trade deadline, and pitching was the driving force behind their two World Series Championships. They could be a very dangerous team if they acquire Jon Lester.
Things are rocking in Cleveland right now, but outside of Corey Kluber, the Cleveland Indians' pitching staff has been miserable. Jon Lester would immediately make the staff better, and they would have a legitimate chance of winning a Wild Card. They are 2.5 games back of a playoff spot, and Terry Francona could be the interesting component here. Lester had some great years under Francona, and they could maybe reunite in Cleveland.
After a rough beginning of the year, the Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in a battle in the NL Central. There are four teams within six games of each other, and the Pirates possess the prospects to bring Jon Lester to the Steel City in hopes of making it back to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. By acquiring Lester, the Pirates may become the favorites in the division.
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