Boston scratched starting pitcher Jon Lester from his scheduled start against Toronto Wednesday night, adding to the speculation that he’s going to be traded before Thursday’s MLB trade deadline. Brandon Workman started in Lester’s place.
The Red Sox were quick to say that Lester would start on Sunday night against the Yankees, if, in fact, he is not traded by the 4pm deadline.
Some of the teams reported to be interested in acquiring the left-hander include the Athletics, Dodgers, Orioles and the Pirates.
There was also talk that the Cardinals were kicking the wheels on the three-time All-Star, but they traded for Indians right-hander Justin Masterson earlier in the day.
Lester was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2002 amateur draft, and he arrived to the big league club in 2006, as a 22-year-old starter. He has never played for another team, so obviously, this has to be difficult to deal with.
Thank you all for the kind words! Tough situation to be in but it's what we sign up for and I find comfort knowing we're in this together!
— Jon Lester (@JLester31) July 30, 2014
Lester’s best shot at postseason happiness this season might be with the Athletics, who have really been bullish on improving their ballclub.
Earlier in the day, the Red Sox sent left-hander Felix Doubront to the Cubs for a player to be named later.