Red Sox, Orioles Discussing Jon Lester

6:58pm: The Orioles did have discussions earlier on Lester, but talks have fizzled and there no longer appears to be a match, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

For what it’s worth, Duquette did tell reporters that he had at least some interest in adding a frontline starter, which is something of a different tone than the club had set in recent days, as Connolly reports“We’d be interested in adding pitchers that could help us at the top of our rotation,” said Duquette. “Who wouldn’t be?” But Duquette did not waver from his prior statements that Baltimore is quite hesitant to part with young arms: “I think with our young pitchers we would be conservative, and we would try and give them a prolonged trial in the big leagues before we would trade them.”

3:58pm: Told of rumors that a deal could be close, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said that would be “news to him,” as Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets.

3:50pm: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun hears differently than Abraham and Ghiroli, reporting that his sources indicate there’s nothing hot between the two sides at this time (Twitter link).

2:36pm: Abraham tweets that the two sides are in advanced discussions, but the Red Sox have alternatives, should Baltimore not meet their asking price. Ghiroli adds that Baltimore isn’t likely to part with Gausman in a Lester deal, but the two sides are still in serious discussions.

2:25pm: Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that a deal isn’t close at this time, although Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets that talks are indeed heating up. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also tweets that nothing is close to finalization at this point, though that doesn’t preclude a deal from being reached. Andy Martino of the New York Daily news also hears that a deal is possible, but not close at this time (Twitter link).

Kubatko adds that Boston has been asking for Kevin Gausman or Dylan Bundy in talks.

2:20pm: Miguel Gonzalez could be heading to Boston in the deal, Ghiroli tweets. Clearly, he wouldn’t be the centerpiece of the trade.

2:16pm: The Orioles are in advanced talks that would send a pitcher to Boston in exchange for Jon Lester, reports Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe (on Twitter). MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli tweets that the two sides are “close” to a deal.


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262 Comments on "Red Sox, Orioles Discussing Jon Lester"


SoxFanCyp
1 year 1 month ago

We better get Gausman or Bundy

Pat Kolp
1 year 1 month ago

I don’t think Boston will get either.

ba9oriole
1 year 1 month ago

Why would the Orioles give a top young pitcher for less than half a year of Lester?

Pat Kolp
1 year 1 month ago

Exactly. Look at what the Brewers got for Greinke when they traded him.

Knockdown
1 year 1 month ago

They got Jean Segura. Pretty good deal for the Brew crew.

Pat Kolp
1 year 1 month ago

Yeah, but not he’s no where near a Bundy or Gausman level.

Knockdown
1 year 1 month ago

Segura is a proven MLB talent. Hard to compare someone who has proven it in the show to someone who hasn’t.

Pat Kolp
1 year 1 month ago

Ok, but to think the Sox are going to get one of the Orioles top 2 pitching prospects is insane. But anything is possible.

Mike Agogliati
1 year 1 month ago

Not insane, Orioles are going for it and Lester is an ace.

Ray Wachter
1 year 1 month ago

Segura is a .233 hitter. Hardly proven MLB talent.

Mike Agogliati
1 year 1 month ago

At least Segura is playing…and at the time, he was on the same level as those guys.

EightMileCats
1 year 1 month ago

Segura was considered a fringe prospect. He was a lottery ticket and it hit…

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

Hmm when I saw him at Inland Empire he was the Angels #2. And was a 70 w the glove according to BA. Don’t know if I would call him fringe.

EightMileCats
1 year 1 month ago

His bat was a huge question mark and the Angels had a bad farm at that time. It’s like Robbie Ray being the Tigers number 2. No chance he’s that high in 75% of the systems in the league.

He wasn’t considered to be nearly as good as he turned out.

TheRealRyan
1 year 1 month ago

He was a top 50 prospect at the time of the trade. He wasn’t up to the level of a Gaussman or Bundy, but I also wouldn’t call him fringe either.

daveineg
1 year 1 month ago

He was a .313 hitter in the minors. That wasn’t the concern at all. It was his 5’10” height. Most top SS prospects these days are 6’1″ to 6’3″.

basemonkey
1 year 1 month ago

Then I’ll say it. 70 with the glove is “Fringe.”

Mike Agogliati
1 year 1 month ago

on an 80 scale? So Byron Buxton is a fringe player?

daveineg
1 year 1 month ago

He wasn’t a fringe prospect at all. The only reason he wasn’t higher rated was because some scouts saw him more of a 2B because he lacked classic SS build. The Angels figured he was expendable with Aybar and Kendrick blocking him.

TheRealRyan
1 year 1 month ago

They received a top 50 in Segura and two B/B- pitching prospects.

SoxFanCyp
1 year 1 month ago

They want to go all in when the AL east is at it’s weakest

Rabbitov
1 year 1 month ago

Then they should give up Bundy, Gausman, and Adam Jones

Dan Mehalek
1 year 1 month ago

Umm, so they could get one of the best clutch playoff pitchers?
Exactly how often do you expect the Orioles to be in this position

Diego
1 year 1 month ago

Within their division too? Odd? Is it possible Lester and his agent have a ” gentleman’s” agreement with Boston to resign after the season?

Ray Wachter
1 year 1 month ago

Exactly.

EightMileCats
1 year 1 month ago

I’d say doubtful unless it involves a bargaining window

ba9oriole
1 year 1 month ago

Yeah, that’s the only way I could see that happening. But Lester said he wants $23 million per year and I highly doubt the Orioles would/should do that.

Kevin
1 year 1 month ago

When did he say that?

TheRealRyan
1 year 1 month ago

I’d guess it will be Hunter Harvey and then a couple of lesser guys like Josh Hart and Tim Berry.

Ellis Mitchell
1 year 1 month ago

What?!

Wooooooo
1 year 1 month ago

WHAAAAA? It better be Erod

ba9oriole
1 year 1 month ago

Or Ubaldo Jimenez.

Cabro Epico
1 year 1 month ago

Trade a top prospect to rent Lester. Then watch Lester sign back with the Sox, team up with the prospect and kill the Orioles for years to come.

Knockdown
1 year 1 month ago

Sad thing is this will prob happen.

Pat Kolp
1 year 1 month ago

I’ve heard that people close to Lester have said that he won’t re-sign with Boston in the off-season.

Baseball Realism
1 year 1 month ago

Sources ?

Jackson Keogh
1 year 1 month ago

On MLBTradeRumors somwhere.

Better
1 year 1 month ago

I heard (read) that he would not resign during this season but that he would have no problem coming back even if he was traded.

Shane
1 year 1 month ago

I heard the same thing twice from different people on Mike and Mike that he would like to come back to Boston next year.

rovert22044
1 year 1 month ago

Top prospect? The man is 30 years old. Lol And has proven his worth in the MLB. He’s anything but a prospect.

Knockdown
1 year 1 month ago

Lol.

Adrian Vancamper
1 year 1 month ago

you won the internet today
mi amigo

James F
1 year 1 month ago

Excellent

agureghian
1 year 1 month ago

Probably Bundy and thats it.

basemonkey
1 year 1 month ago

Bundy is a once a gen pitching prospect. It’s more than just the 98+ mph heater.

He entered minor league ball and threw an acculmative no hitter through several games. I forget exactly but he didn’t give up a hit until his 7th or 10th start. He then ran right thru his first two levels not giving up a homer, with a video game ERA and FIP

agureghian
1 year 1 month ago

was once is not right now.

he isnt doing very well since coming back from TJS.

basemonkey
1 year 1 month ago

You must be pretty young. He’s still coming back, building back up velocity and touch. This is pretty normal for TJ. He was a HS pick so he’s still insanely young. You can give up on him if you want, but if he were in the draft this year, he’d be younger than the college picks.

Rabbitov
1 year 1 month ago

He’s only been back a few weeks. Basemonkey is a knowledgeable, respected poster, you should listen to him, and learn something.

Leon Barry
1 year 1 month ago

A pitcher? As in one??!

Darmintak
1 year 1 month ago

Going to be a top prospect, though.

Pat Kolp
1 year 1 month ago

It won’t be either Bundy or Gausman.

sammykhalifa
1 year 1 month ago

for 12 starts? As in twelve?!

Leon Barry
1 year 1 month ago

The Cubs got a huge haul for Garza last season. Just sounds low given the market even if its a top prospect.

Pat Kolp
1 year 1 month ago

And the Cubs fleeced Daniels on that trade.

Travis2014
1 year 1 month ago

Yes!!! Keep him away from the NL!

Knockdown
1 year 1 month ago

Interesting. Never thought the Orioles would have a chance.

Gocubs2010
1 year 1 month ago

Hopefully O’s only have to give up Eduardo Rodriguez, Bundy or Gausman is too much for a guy O’s can sign in off season.

basemonkey
1 year 1 month ago

Only?

Joshua Menezes
1 year 1 month ago

NOOOOO! I guess the Jays still have the 2nd wild card

Cdiaz
1 year 1 month ago

Good thing dodgers didn’t give up, a top prospect .

rct
1 year 1 month ago

Good for the O’s. It’s nice to see them playing well the last few years. Hope they can sign him as well.

Christopher Poole
1 year 1 month ago

Isn’t this the guy that was talking trash about Cruz? How is this a good fit for the clubhouse?

Derek
1 year 1 month ago

You’re thinking of Lackey.

Better
1 year 1 month ago

Yeah I don’t think Lester has ever said anything bad about anyone.

Dustroia15
1 year 1 month ago

First Doubront…now Lester, no!

PittsburghPirates0022
1 year 1 month ago

Then lackey

Pei Kang
1 year 1 month ago

Maybe Lackey to your Pirates? He’d be a huge upgrade, but not as good as a Lester type…

Dan Muccino
1 year 1 month ago

Probably not a huge upgrade, but still an upgrade

Pei Kang
1 year 1 month ago

Well, Lackey has actually pitched decently this year.

ugotrpk3113
1 year 1 month ago

If the Red Sox don’t get a decent hitting prospect, I’m baffled. They already have 123892342 pitching prospects.

Butterflyy89
1 year 1 month ago

It’s gonzo

MB923
1 year 1 month ago

Lol no. That would be extremely silly of Boston. It will be Bundy or Gausman likely.

Sherlock
1 year 1 month ago

Why would the Red Sox deal Lester within the division? Also, if he resigns with the Red Sox immediately after the season, the league better take a hard look at the prospect that the Red Sox and Lester put an underhanded plan in place to accelerate a Red Sox rebuild. This whole thing just stinks to me. Am I alone here?

Dustroia15
1 year 1 month ago

Yes.

monkeyking42
1 year 1 month ago

Why not deal within the division?

mike
1 year 1 month ago

Its pretty shady if the Sox do resign him.

EightMileCats
1 year 1 month ago

If its the greatest return, knowing he’s a rental… why not? I don’t see the O’s likely to sign him for the money he’s going to command in the offseason,

Better
1 year 1 month ago

You are not alone. I think the same thing and it’s genius and there’s nothing MLB can do about it. It’s totally “legal”.

Kevin
1 year 1 month ago

Baltimore has ZERO chance of resigning Lester

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

I wouldn’t be happy to have to root for Baltimore but I guess it would increase the likelihood that I could see Lester again this season?

sflomenb
1 year 1 month ago

And the Phillies will do NOTHING

Cdiaz
1 year 1 month ago

They love their veterans lol.

Gumby65
1 year 1 month ago

RAJ reluctant to trade away his veteran bridge/checkers partners.

Seth Guttman
1 year 1 month ago

Joel Sherman just tweeted that he’s hearing different. Says the Orioles are looking to do a smaller deal, not for Lester.

CharlieMurphy
1 year 1 month ago

Not sure Sherman is the guy to trust at the moment. Sox and O’s beat writers are definitely more tuned in