The Boston Red Sox went from attempting to re-sign starting pitcher Jon Lester with a lowball offer to possibly dealing him before Thursday’s MLB trade deadline. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, a team that is hoping to get good value in return for their ace, Lester has essentially made himself untradeable due to his recent comments.
“Like I’ve said many times, this is where I want to be,” Lester said, according to ESPN. “If they trade me, I completely understand.
“Like I said, no hard feelings. I know what they have to do for their organization. If that involves me, so be it. If it doesn’t, I’ll keep running out there every five days, pitching, and like I said, hopefully November we’ll get something done.”
Lester is saying that even if Boston trades him at the deadline, he still plans to sign with the Red Sox in the offseason. Considering the organization is reportedly willing to pay him $100 million over five years, there is a good chance that he will re-sign with Boston. Not to mention, there is a good chance the Red Sox will have to offer even more than that if he continues to pitch the way he has this season.
So, how does this make him untradeable?
There is no team in their right mind that will be willing to part ways with top prospects just for Lester to start a few games and then leave immediately in the offseason. Even a contender that could use Lester’s arm in the rotation down the stretch and in the postseason would have to seriously contemplate if the move was worth it. Obviously, winning the World Series is worth it, but that’s a big stretch for every single contender in baseball at the moment.
The Red Sox cannot be too happy with Lester’s comments in the media, especially since there is a good chance he knew exactly what he was doing when he said them. He does not want to be traded. The 30-year-old wants to sign a mega-deal for his last contract with the team he has played for his entire career. The only plus for Boston is that at least they know for sure he is willing to stay with the team for the long haul.