There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester. Lester and the Red Sox have not agreed to a contract extension, and it has turned into Lester being talked about in trade rumors. Boston might be switching to a youth movement since it cannot agree to a contract with Lester, and trading him to the Pittsburgh Pirates would be very important for both teams.
The Pirates have one of the top farm systems in baseball right now, and have one of the most MLB-ready talent in the minors as well. Boston could get some key prospects from the Pirates and in return, Pittsburgh could get a top of the line starting pitcher to help them win the National League Central, or even the National League Wild Card.
With Boston increasingly becoming willing to make some trades, the Pirates have players like Josh Bell, Harold Ramirez and Tyler Glasnow to make a trade for Lester and for the Red Sox to get valuable compensation for a pitcher of Lester’s caliber.
Pittsburgh needs someone like Lester to anchor the rotation. He has been very good all year long for the Red Sox, posting a 10-7 record with a 2.52 ERA as well as a 9.4 K/9 ratio. The Pirates also lost Gerrit Cole with a strained lat in the beginning of the month, and adding Lester would right the bullpen.
The two teams would be wise to start talking to each other about a deal. It will help the Pirates this season in making a push for the playoffs, and it would help Boston in the future.