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Top 5 MLB Teams That Could Trade For Jon Lester

Top 5 MLB Teams That Could Trade for Jon Lester

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It has been said that there is less than a 50 percent chance that the Boston Red Sox deal ace Jon Lester prior to Thursday’s MLB trade deadline. With that being said, others believe that percentage is higher as the organization is also very open to hearing offers from various teams. It appears that the right offer could very well entice the Red Sox to deal Lester. Here’s a look at the top five teams that could trade for Lester over the next 48 ho

5. Seattle Mariners

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5. Seattle Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners have inquired about Lester, but the only reason I see them pulling the trigger is if they believe they can re-sign him in the offseason. Considering Lester has already stated he plans to return to the Red Sox in free agency, the Mariners would have to offer him a lot of money to convince him otherwise.

4. Baltimore Orioles

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4. Baltimore Orioles

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If the Baltimore Orioles want to stay atop the AL Central, they must make a significant move at the trade deadline. The starting rotation can definitely use some help, which is why the Orioles have been linked to Lester and David Price, like most teams on this list. The obvious issue is the Red Sox are very unlikely to deal its star pitcher to a division rival.

3. Pittsburgh Pirates

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3. Pittsburgh Pirates

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are right in the thick of the NL Central race, which is why they are looking to bolster their rotation. The Pirates rank 10th in the National League in starting pitching ERA (3.88). Considering the NL Central is the most competitive division in baseball, it is imperative that they improve on that mark if they wish to be a factor down the stretch.

2. Milwaukee Brewers

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2. Milwaukee Brewers

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The Milwaukee Brewers are eager to acquire a top-notch ace at the trade deadline, which is why they have been very active in pursuing Lester and Price. At this point, Lester appears to be the more likely of the two, although ruling out Price isn’t in the cards yet. Either way, Milwaukee is known to make big splashes at the deadline regarding starting pitchers, which is why no one should be surprised if they land Lester.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

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1. Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to look for an edge over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. They know that if they want to remain a step ahead they must acquire a starter at the trade deadline. For that reason, the Dodgers have been in hot pursuit of Price and Lester. At this point, it appears they are the favorites to land Lester due to the fact they could include Matt Kemp.