Manager John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox came out after their game on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays and confirmed that Jon Lester will be scratched from his Wednesday start. He will be replaced by Brandon Workman. This marks the end of Lester’s tenure with the Sox.
Lester has had a great career in Boston. He’s won 110 games over nine seasons with a 3.64 career ERA. He also aced two staffs that won the World Series. He was especially good last postseason, going 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA over 34.2 innings.
The 30-year-old is having a great season, with a 10-7 record and a 2.52 ERA. He is looking like he is once again playing like it is 2009-10. He is one of the few bright spots on the last place Red Sox. He is in the top 10 in the American League in ERA (fifth), WHIP (10th), strikeouts (sixth) and quality starts (third). Whoever he ends up playing for will be getting an ace who wasn’t expected to be on the market.
It is hard to pinpoint what Lester’s value will be. He hurt his value when he came out last week and said he would be willing to return to the Red Sox if he was traded. That means many teams might not be willing to give up their best prospects to get him. Either way, it looks like there is a trade imminent with the Sox’s decision not to pitch him tomorrow.
There are plenty of teams who have been rumored to be gaining the ace. The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the hottest names out there. Many think that Lester would make them one of the favorites in the NL. The Los Angeles Dodgers have always been in on talks, with Matt Kemp being a possible return. Even the low-spending Miami Marlins seem to be in on the race.
It’s unfortunate for Red Sox fans, but the last time Lester plays in their uniform may have come and gone. He wasn’t able to get the final standing ovation at Fenway Park that he deserved. They will have to rectify that situation when he returns in a different uniform. That is, unless he does return to the only team he knows this offseason.