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Buster Olney, ESPN, on the impending Jon Lester trade, 7-30-14

Jul 30, 2014|

Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

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Lester joins us right now on 937 WE I've buster how -- thanks for coming on do a great attitude -- and the hours we. -- 128 hours ago so up pretty good. It's that it's the best -- -- the best time I don't bust your runner up crazy but the rumors are outstanding what's reality what is it what. What is the latest obviously Lester scratched what are you hearing who could possibly be the teams involved. Well and talking we created the other team they're talking with a -- -- they say they think that it did it. You know basically certainty that -- going to move. And their perception of the -- let's understand that the not to be able to re sign him so. You put him out in the marketplace she get return form and yes she did a clearly and actually central is right in and at the forefront. What the Red Sox are dealing with a net vortex works well for them because not only Tibet you know at St. Louis Cardinals and you talking with -- -- -- trying to get Jon Lester. Which -- trying to keep them away from the from that Pittsburgh Pirates on the same thing with the -- they're talking about less city trying to at least. Pushed the price up for the Cardinals and I you'd think. The -- Cardinals are probably the front runner right now. Are you if you the Red Sox the way that National League west played out over the last week -- not working well for you. It no doubt that. For -- days ago we didn't into street -- -- -- perception with the Dodgers were going to be need to make move -- Lester. But the Giants to just stop -- and the Dodgers have a three game lead they're playing better they probably can look at this -- the Dodgers and say you know what. We don't have to make a big move necessarily. That mean it won't. But did not as much urgency for damage there is experts say the Pirates. We're now right within a game the first place nationally central -- as much -- indeed the Cardinals who have fallen behind the Pirates -- straight right. Would suspect -- he's gonna wind up with -- one of those you've seen if I'm taking my best educated guess right now. What would we -- with the Cardinals submitted the play -- -- people might know would be a guy like -- Tarvaris as a team that's. Struggled offensively as well but every player the Red Sox will be looking -- in return. Well you would certainly ask the question I can tell you that. Dad he is widely viewed by what you got to go in there watching plays being sort of a non hormonal -- player because it's. A body language in the Cardinals have. Guy who you know played a certain speed and and they they all sort conduct themselves the same way at Minnesota Twins have a similar -- organization. In hot streak of ours is someone who. Are to be in the I'd just get out howdy. I -- unique and where his at bat in the field he's going through a tough time he also has unbelievable power. So the question is unity the Cardinals. Look at a situation you know like a Lester like -- David Price they -- Down the road media -- not a great fit for us all take advantage of my guess is that he's so. Because these. Such an elite power hitter. That that's going to be guided the Cardinals wanna hang onto -- interpreted value even if they don't necessarily look at him as the -- -- they can hang on too long term. They have such a great ranger prospect but at the Pirates. That it's the Red Sox would be able to look any longer and you guys there's also no question to that that. The Cardinals have a log -- of guys and outfielders. That they have in their system and that's certainly a way that they can match up for the Red Sox. Buster on and Weathers here on 937 WEEI similarly I would think would be the case to for the Pirates buster because Josh -- a guy whose names come up. And he can project potentially is a first baseman as well there's a lot of outfielders in front of him when it comes to Pittsburg and where they are for the next couple years. They were talked about as being a dark horse and all this I always thought they were pretty good trading partner for the Red Sox from the get go for the similar reasons you just brought up with. Saint Louis it does speak to the bizarre -- nature of this whole discussion. If -- you've got the Pirates trying to acquire someone like Leicester in giving up prospects. As a push the other way around in -- this from the Boston perspective I know from Pittsburgh perspective. I feel like I'm looking at this from completely the wrong into the prison here it's bizarre. -- well and it and it's interesting and -- keys don't work in Pittsburgh you'll notice that I've always found it interesting about Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is always connected with the elite guys in the marketplace and they do have a -- historically for finishing second or third. Okay yeah where you'll you'll hear that mentioned with the big free agent winner and then made coming up under the wire. I kind of wonder if this is what's going on here. Because they are viewed by. Neal Huntington new general manager is used by his peers without being very careful. Very protective of its prospects. And in talking with people today they wondered part of what's going on here at the hired or at least trying to push. The Cardinals now. I do think that there's the potential matchup with the Pirates it because it's less value. In John Lackey. And it might be that you know what at the Pirates don't get Jon Lester. They can make a run at John Lackey and boy did he fit you know what they could use because of that contract or next year -- 500000 dollars. If the Red Sox of certain it is the result studio Jon Lester do is that how maybe some people do look at they should. Deal Lackey and it would -- wanna be here -- water we signed played for 500 grand here in Boston with the deal both of them. Well that's exactly right it's kind of like what oil at Tampa Bay with David Price and bent over to David Price -- it trade -- -- going to between now and the deadline. The rays are gonna move bent over let me be technically could be quite a -- Bet if you if you know that you can move Jon Lester and you're not probably not going to be able to re sign him in the wintertime. You might it will take advantage of the value John Lackey let somebody else deal with -- quandary this 500000 dollar option. From your buster only -- here and ID 37 W the island Maloney to him density from Foxboro today players coming off the field of just an abuse for you shortly. So buster we're looking at this from a wide ranging perspective toward the Red Sox not just Jon Lester like for instance when it comes to Pittsburgh there's had to be looking at Breslow and Miller to. People have been clamoring why not Koji who -- could he get a lot as a closer. Carpenter who brought wanna go in there were eight names who put up there on the board. From the Red Sox. Last week we asked Lou would give us all eight yes or no or they going are they saying he should always our -- So -- just started to go -- other start with an over under -- -- over under all of -- four and a half Red Sox traded off the Major League roster buster over under by the time we L wake up on the first. Well I'll go under. Because that's a lot of work to get done in a really short period of time. I could see you know one or two relievers being attached starting pitchers -- they try to find a middle ground on a prospect. Red Sox do have those guys that you can put any deal. To push you over the top the other major leaguers that they haven't you know you're hired to the Cardinals. You know adding an Andrew Miller to a Leicester to Lackey could turn out to be something that's really attracted but I did neatly that it. And I wrote that the column today for Red Sox ownership boy you better have a plan B. Because I I I you know can. Really gonna be fascinated -- action and it after Lester gets traded. And it Lackey gets traded what were response going to be going into 2015. From from the band aid. And really more importantly from the other players. Because I think they're going to be a lot of questions raised and -- arrow you better have a plan B. Yeah I'm with you they're good ebbs and lose my mind if they do both those pitchers but -- one ST boat Andrew Miller because of the gifts I just read between -- -- -- who who said it but. Sox look looking for top prospects for a Andrew Miller now another rental I think that asking prices high. Even though as good as I think of Andrew Miller but it's. What do you think you see what those guys that maybe -- tied it -- Jonny Gomes that type of thing you were just discussing. Well. I think actually have a chance to get something back decent return last week went -- like within the GM and Lidstrom got the bottom of the positions were. It was the most -- beliefs volume. And didn't start out right -- relievers most points starting pitchers to wood right near the bottom left in relief. You have he would guys like Antonio but start -- there. But sure Miller I think because it is history. Because. How well he throws the ball when he's at his best he's going to be someone who's gonna be looked at for example by the Dodgers. And by any number scenes in the he'd fit everybody and -- -- I think -- you're looking for I was in Detroit yesterday they were talking about Andrew Miller. He's definitely someone where you get a good piece. I I don't know necessarily have to -- Jonny Gomes I think probably the best way to get value at Miller would be it heal by itself. Buster thanks a lot for coming on really do appreciate it thanks for joining us send we know that you're really busy trying to track every sort of trade rumor in the big one here is Jon Lester so thanks for giving us some perspective on it I buster buster -- here on 937 WEEI.

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