Jon Lester is still a Red Sox. Still is a part of the team and the organization.
This time of year is difficult because many players know they’re in the conversation at the deadline. Probably a part of many conversations. But at this point, the Red Sox are concerned that if Lester gets injured, they will lose the opportunity to trade him.
What are the odds he’s going to get injured? Probably none.
What’s the worst that could happen? He’s being held out of today’s game. The team has been extremely resistant to giving up prospects from the “deepest minor league system in baseball.” And a deal doesn’t happen.
They just took a player who, since Spring Training, has openly stated he wants to be in Boston (when was the last time that happened during anyone’s contract year???). And they didn’t return any measure of reciprocity. None. They already disrespected him with their $75 million dollar deal. Paltry, I say.
Just by pitching him tonight, the Red Sox could say we’re listening to offers, and you’re still an integral part of this organization. Did I mention two World Series wins and a stunning post season ERA?
If Lester gets traded today or tomorrow, Elsbury needs to make dinner reservations in New York for after Jon Lester’s introduction at Yankee Stadium this winter. Isn’t that enough incentive, JTL?Google+