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Red Sox Trade Rumors: AJ Pierzynski to Cardinals, Jon Lester to…

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Caught ya!

Well it didn’t take long for the Red Sox to get rid of A.J Pierzynski before someone picked him up. Reports are saying he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis is already plagued with problems behind the plate, as they lost Yadier Molina earlier this month to surgery after a thumb injury. St. Louis was already splitting time between Tony Cruz and George Kottaras, which makes this move somewhat unorthodox as Pierzynski is older, was referred to as being a poor influence in the clubhouse by many in Boston and so far has experienced one of his worst seasons of his career.

Pitching Woes

Also rumored to possibly be on the move is Jon Lester. This should be a major focus of the Red Sox front office, as they are already dealing with some issues up and down their staff, at times. John Henry and company need to lock down Lester for a long-term deal as he is the ace of their rotation and they need to keep him in Boston.

Another possible option here could be to give up a prospect for a veteran pitcher. Some possible options could be Cliff Lee or even David Price, although the likelihood of either one moving to Boston seems to be low.

Field of Dreams

The Red Sox offensive woes have been equally as troubling. Several injuries have kept players like Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks out for a large chunk of the season and have led to the increase in playing time for players like Brock Holt and Mike Carp. It is necessary for the Red Sox to find a way to obtain another outfielder like Matt Kemp, who can provide them with long term depth and strong offensive numbers to boost their lineup. But this will require giving up prospects (surprise, surprise).

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