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Boston Red Sox Jon Lester Scratched From Start – No Trade Yet

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Red Sox NewsBoston Red Sox left handed starter Jon Lester has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he has not yet been traded.

A major league source has stated that there is, “”No deal yet.” The source also said that, “[Lester] could still pitch Friday for the Red Sox against the¬†Yankees.”

Pitcher Brandon Workman will be recalled from Triple-A in order to fill in for Lester.

Manager John Farrell made this announcement after Boston’s 4-2 loss to Toronto on Tueday. “”I think in light of all the uncertainty surrounding Jon Lester, it’s probably in everyone’s best interest that he not make that start, so Brandon will be recalled,” Farrell stated. “There will be a corresponding move roster-wise at some point tomorrow.”

Farrell’s statements after the loss Tuesday are somewhat out of the ordinary. Typically teams tend not to offer up contingency plans should a player be traded, rather they wait until a move has been made before discussing roster moves.

Farrell’s statements only served to heighten speculation that a deal is close to being made for Lester.

Furthermore, on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates emerged as a potential landing spot for Lester should a move be made. In addition to the Pirates, the Blue Jays, Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, and Los Angeles Dodgers are all considered possible trade partners for the pitcher.

One of the things that has helped heat up the market for Lester is the impressive recovery made by the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays, who had a 24-42 record back on June 10, were 18 games under .500. Since that date the Rays have been on fire, playing to the tune of a 29-12 record, a .707 winning percentage, the best record in the MLB in that time span.

This run has put the Rays one game under .500 and led many to believe that the team will no longer be shopping ace David Price, thus increasing the market for Lester.

We’ll see what the July 31st trade deadline brings.

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