Red Sox Hot Stove: Pablo Sandoval, Jon Lester Getting Buzz

Pablo SandovalThe Boston Red Sox hot stove season began with the signing of Koji Uehara right after the World Series was won by the San Francisco Giants just two weeks ago.

The biggest piece of news has been the interest and push the team has had with third baseman Pablo Sandoval. The contract that “Kung-Fu Panda” has been looking for, with pretty good regular season stats with phenomenal postseason numbers, is a little over-priced, but the Red Sox have money to spend on the former World Series MVP.

The 28-year-old is seeking a deal in the six-year range worth over $90 million and has put up substantial numbers without missing much time the last three seasons. Sure, the weight might be a  problem in the future, but the Red Sox have to replace DH David Ortiz at some point, right? Plus, the third baseman is a solid defender at the hot corner as he was named a finalist for the Gold Glove award in 2014.

The Red Sox are considered “all-in” on the slugger and it might come down to the Giants and the Red Sox when the time comes to sign him.

As for Jon Lester, Ben Cherington met with the agent of the veteran lefty earlier this week and it is still a possibility that the 30-year could return to the Red Sox in 2015.

The left-handed starter finished with a terrific 16-11 record and a 2.46 ERA with both the Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics.while striking out 220 batters in 219.2 innings of work.

Lester might still be a dream to sign, but he is still on the table for the Red Sox front office because of his pedigree in the postseason and how well he has done in the Red Sox system, especially with the cancer scare early on in his career.

With the GM meetings wrapped up, the Red Sox need to get the ball rolling on at least these two players or sign them when the winter meetings start on December 7th.

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