The Red Sox would like to re-open negotiations with Jon Lester, but it may not be in the player’s best interest according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports in his latest video. Based on where negotiations left off, a large gap exists between club and player. It’s unlikely the two parties could bridge the difference in a short period of time. Says Rosenthal, Lester would like to avoid being labelled as selfish, a distraction, or a mercenary, all of which could result from rejecting an offer mid-season. If the Red Sox trade Lester, then they may shut the door on re-signing him. Many players treat a trade as a “sign of rejection.”
- Unlike Lester, Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa may consider re-signing if traded. He reportedly likes Colorado. If he’s dealt, De La Rosa will not come with a qualifying offer attached.
- Rosenthal labels relievers Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor as the Rangers most likely to be traded. Alex Rios and Joakim Soria could also be marketed. The club won’t solicit offers for third baseman Adrian Beltre, but they will listen if approached. Elvis Andrus is also drawing interest. The Rangers currently sit 12.5 games back of first place in the AL West.
- The Padres are open to dealing one or both of relievers Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit. The Padres aren’t shopping Andrew Cashner, but Ian Kennedy, Chase Headley, Chris Denorfia, and Seth Smith could all be on the block.