Thanks for expanding on your post.
This isn't an ex girlfriend situation and you're not unnecessarily being a jackass - I'm not going to be defensive in an instance like this.
My point being that shouldn't we be going after more established players?
The rumor began with Myers but why? A Royals source let it be known that he would be available in a deal for a bonafide ace. We have one of those aces who irrational Red Sox fans are looking to move based off of one down season, completely dismissing his previous four years of brilliance in the process.
This isn't really true, though. People aren't looking to dump Lester because they think he's washed up. People wonder if he's in the middle of a slow decline, which is reasonable, but recognize he still has a lot of value. The kicker is how much control they have left with him. The answer is two years. Some don't see this team as being likely to seriously compete for a title in the next two years and would rather see that value turned into a long term asset. Myers is attractive for the combination of high upside and full pre-arb control.
So I see why the dots were connected / why the tires have been kicked.
But we should be going after Hosmer or Butler as the main cog in the deal, not Myers.
Butler, Holland perhaps?
This is a fair stance to take and I think few people who are in on Myers would be that upset if the team landed Butler or Hosmer instead... before the signing of Napoli. Now both Butler and Hosmer would be redundant or would make a more expensive player redundant. I suppose you could try Hosmer in LF and make Gomes redundant, but the value of a short term commitment over relatively few dollars is that they could always cut him or try to trade him if they made a deal for someone like that. Either way, Hosmer and Butler make less sense for the roster than Myers, would would be bumping Gomes or Nava from the roster, not Napoli or Papi.
Maybe that's why we heard about talks between the Sox and Royals before the Napoli signing and not much since, though. Ben may have been more interested in the guys you mention than Myers and talks may have cooled after the Sox filled 1B.
If they're not willing to listen to that, move on. It's highly likely that he rebounds - he's affordable and under team control as well. There's no reason to rush into a deal for the sake of making a move.
I think there's room for disagreement on how likely it is that he rebounds or what "rebounds" would entail, but I think most of the posters in this thread still see a lot of value in Lester and wouldn't be shocked to see him recover from 2012. The problem isn't just that he had a down season in 2012, though. It's the amount of control the team has left, the likelihood (or lack there of) of them contending in that window, and the concern that he may not be worth what he wants on the free agent market in two years.