It's not either/or, but if the Red Sox believe it will be easier to address the rotation through free agency than it will be to build a top of the league offense, it makes sense to use Lester and Lackey to bolster the line up and then look to replace them this winter.
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/24643490/possible-as-could-emrge-as-a-possible-mystery-team-for-jon-lesterPossible A's could emrge as a possible mystery team for Jon Lester
The A's, who already acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, are said to have at least some involvement in the Jon Lestery derby, according to people familiar with the talks.
It isn't known what Oakland's chances ar at this point, but they already pulled off one surprise by landing Samardzija and Hammel together in a deal with the Cubs.
Oakland would appear to have about the best depth of starters in baseball as is, but nothing should be put past GM Billy Beane.
An A's connected source said they have "nothing close" at the moment. The deadline is 4 pm EDT Thursday.
Sure, they may believe that.
But seems odd (to me) that they'd be trading for an offensive prospect they assume can help in the next year or so, while addressing this self-inflicted need for SP through free agency. Is it realistic that we'd be receiving a prospect that could provide significant offense in 2015 or 2016 the latest?
"mystery team" AND "people familiar with the talks" in the same article?!Corsi said:
Saw this last night, but their rotation is still Lincecum, Bumgarner, Peavy, Hudson and Vogelsong... And they don't really have the prospects for Lester or Lackey.Al Zarilla said:Matt Cain is seeing, or saw Dr. Andrews today, but the Giants hugest problem is hitting over the last 2 months.
Yeah, Pete Abraham noticeably silent now on twitter.
If not a prospect who could help by then, prospects who could be used to trade for a bat that could help by then. There are a bunch of paths open to them for compiling a competitive roster for 2015 and the free agent pitchers market is more appealing than the free agent hitters market this winter.
It makes sense to my addled brain, at least.
I get it, just seems convoluted to me.
Trade Lester for a big chip, to trade to someone else for a big bat (who may not be entirely cheap), while signing a FA SP to replace Lester (for decent $ I'll assume)... or just sign the guy you know and who has a pretty good track record, and use the SP chips in your system to trade for that big bat.
I hope it all works out.
And by that I assume you mean one of those newspapers that does not show pictures of their columnists/reportersmauidano said:Nick Cafardo getting ready to make an appearance on MLB TV. Man oh man this guy has a face for newspaper.
Which, I mean, I don't really understand. You're going to limit upside asking for a ML'er. No one in the hunt it going to give much of anything on the 25 man.cherno said:Cafardo now tweeting that the Sox are asking for one MLBer & prospects for Lester.
I would have to be on a lot of valium, or something, to make a matter of fact post about falling all the way from Lester to Haren or Hammel, and accepting it. This is getting near Fiskian.Rudy Pemberton said:While true, it also makes the free agent pitcher depth kind of irrelevant. If they aren't willing to give Lester what it takes, they seem unlikely to sign Shields or Scherzer, at least.
If everything breaks right, they can probably find value and sign a few from the group of Haren, McCarthy, Masterson, Hammel, de la Rosa, etc. and hope to get lucky.
brandonchristensen said:It would be you opening your paper on the 1st and seeing the list of transactions.
Rudy Pemberton said:Guess that means he's going to a NL team!
Red(s)HawksFan said:The Sox do have a series in St Louis next week. Pitchers taking BP couldn't have anything to do with that. Oh no, of course not.
mauidano said:Nick Cafardo getting ready to make an appearance on MLB TV. Man oh man this guy has a face for newspaper.
Exactly. Lot of shit just being flung at the walls now.SouthernBoSox said: