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5 Reasons Why The Red Sox Would Be Crazy To Trade Jon Lester

5 Reasons Why The Boston Red Sox Would Be Crazy To Trade Jon Lester

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With the Boston Red Sox virtually out of the playoff race and seemingly at different wave lengths in contract talks with free-agent-to-be Jon Lester, it would seem to make sense to trade the 30-year-old. The possibility of retaining his services are meager, so why not get some value in return? Well here's five reasons why the Sox must hold onto their ace and do everything in their power to keep him in a Red Sox uniform for 2015 and beyond.

5. The Public Relations Hit

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5. The Public Relations Hit

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If the Red Sox want to trade Jon Lester, they better be ready to face the music. Trading away Lester would send out a message that the Sox have no chance of making the playoffs in 2014, and worse yet have no chance of re-signing their ace pitcher. The former is something most fans have made their peace with, but the latter isn't nearly as easy to explain. Not when you're the Boston Red Sox.

4. Once He's Gone, He's Not Coming Back

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4. Once He's Gone, He's Not Coming Back

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Lester brought up the idea of still re-signing in Boston, even if he gets traded. Don't count on it. If the Red Sox find themselves in a bidding war with other teams, Lester will be a former Red Sox pitcher. Aside from the fact that players don't return to their former teams after being traded and don't return to their teams when they hit the open market, the Red Sox won't go as high as some teams are willing to go.

3. He's The Type Of Pitcher Who Can Pitch Into His 30s

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3. He's The Type Of Pitcher Who Can Pitch Into His 30s

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So the Red Sox shouldn't give Lester big money because of what happened when they gave Josh Beckett big money? Well, here's the good news. He's not Beckett. Lester is a shoe-in for 200 innings and 30 starts. A big, durable pitcher who brings bulldog mentality to the bump; similar to guys like Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling or Greg Maddux. If you've never heard of those three guys, look them up. They were pretty good.

2. He Wants To Stay

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2. He Wants To Stay

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This has been a classic Larry Lucchino negotiation, the equivalent of trying to hit one from half court instead of going in for the easy layup. Lester wants to remain in Boston, he likes playing in Boston, and most of all, he's proven he can play in Boston. So why make this 1000 times harder by trading him away? It makes no sense.

1. There's No Replacement For Lester

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1. There's No Replacement For Lester

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It's easy to say 'trade Lester' or 'let him walk.' But how do you replace him? Who takes his innings? Who takes over as the No. 1 starter? Not so easy.