The end time for the 2014 MLB trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. CT. That means teams will be very active over the next 24 hours. Two of the hottest names to be mentioned in trade discussions are Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester and Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price. As of Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals are the clear favorites to land one of the starters.
The Dodgers currently have the best record (60-47) in the National League, while the Cardinals remain one and a half games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. For that reason, it makes sense why both of these contenders are eager to bolster the starting rotation for the second half of the season. On top of that, Los Angeles has many pieces they can move to get a deal done, while St. Louis has a very respectable farm system.
There is no guarantee that it will be Lester or Price that are dealt to one of these two teams. With that being said, it is no secret that the Dodgers and Cardinals are determined to land a player of interest. It is simply ideal to acquire an ace, but either team will settle for a big-named player at a position of need.
At the moment, it appears Lester is the likely of the two candidates to be moved. The fact that he was scratched from Wednesday’s start means there is a good chance he has already been traded. At the very least, there is a team in hot pursuit of him that didn’t want him to take a chance on getting hurt in his scheduled start.
Besides attempting to increase their postseason chances down the stretch, the Dodgers and Cardinals are dealing with significant injuries to key pitchers. That is why they are determined to grab some headlines at the trade deadline.