I love Jon Lester. As a native New Englander with a passion for baseball, I have always admired the intensity Lester brings to the mound every fifth day. He has been a reliable starting pitcher since his first full season, making at least 31 starts every year since 2008, and his 21 starts this season rank second amongst left-handed pitchers in the American League. Lester contributed to two World Series championship teams, played under multiple managers, and experienced the frustrations of a last place team while with the Red Sox. Despite his passion, perseverance, and experience, Lester should be traded before the 4pm deadline on Thursday.
The philosophy of the Boston Red Sox changed after the disastrous Carl Crawford signing. The front office is aware that signing players to large contracts after they’ve reached the wrong side of 30 can be a costly mistake. If it weren’t for the 2012 Nick Punto trade, Boston would be in significantly worse shape than they are today. With Lester, they have a second chance to recognize a bad contract before it’s signed. Continue reading Trading Jon Lester Could Ignite a Red Sox Dynasty »
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