According to a report from Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, Jon Lester has received a contract offer from the Boston Red Sox. There are no details of the offer at this time, but it has also been noted that many believe that Lester will be returning to Boston, according to CSNNE.com. For instance, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago said on Tuesday night:
“I think he’s going back to the Red Sox. That’s where I’d put my money. That’s kind of the gut feeling, just talking to people around the industry coming back from the GM meetings.”
The 30-year-old is one of the best commodities out there on the free-agent market and is a viable starting pitcher at the top of any rotation in baseball. Sure, he isn’t Clayton Kershaw (during the regular season), but he has proven himself time and time again during the postseason as well as proving himself a horse during the regular season.
In other pitching news, the Philadelphia Phillies have begun background checks on multiple Red Sox prospects, including Mookie Betts, Matt Barnes, Christian Vazquez and even Blake Swihart. This could be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Red Sox prospects the Phillies are interested in a trade for Cole Hamels.
The veteran has been a steady workhorse for the Phillies and has a long-term deal that the Red Sox would need to take on in a deal. Plus, in order for the deal to go through the Red Sox would need to pick up an option worth $20 million in 2019 before the trade would be completed.