With the Boston Red Sox quickly falling further out of contention in the AL East, the team will be looking to unload some of its stars. One of the names that is likely to be on the move is Jon Lester, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are rumored to be the favorites to land him. If the Dodgers get Lester, it would give them one of the best pitching staffs of the last two decades.
The Dodgers already own a top-five pitching staff in MLB. They arguably have the greatest pitcher in the game, Clayton Kershaw. They also have Zack Greinke, who has developed into a great No. 2 starter over the last couple of years. Josh Beckett, whom many people thought was done, is having a great comeback season. Hyun-Jin Ryu has also developed into a great starter. So add Lester into the mix and what do you get? An all-time great staff, possibly the best since the Atlanta Braves‘ three-headed monster of Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz.
Lester, who has pitched on a Red Sox team that is clearly having a down year, is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA in 21 starts. That is an absolute gem of a line considering the team that is behind him when he’s out there. Lester is clearly one of the best pitchers in baseball right now, arguably top five. Him and Kershaw on the same pitching staff would give the Dodgers the best pitching staff in MLB by a large margin.
If the Dodgers somehow find a way to get this deal done, the NL West race would be tilted in their favor. This deal could make them the odds-on World Series favorite and give them one of the best pitching staffs we’ve seen over the last two decades.