As the MLB non-waiver trade deadline approaches the rumors are swirling around which teams are the buyers and who are the sellers. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox could be in the buying mood. At the expense of Jon Lester.
Cafardo reports, the Sox are one of several teams to scout Philadelphia Phillies left-handed starter Cole Hamels this past week. The Phillies star pitcher has four years and around $90 million left on his current deal . Soon-to-be free-agent Sox southpaw Lester is reportedly seeking a contract worth well north of 90 mil.
Hamels has four years and $90 million remaining. … The Phillies, who are operating under the organizational mantra of 'we’ve got to get younger' would rather build around Hamels than deal him, but if they do they can’t reap the rewards of the likely three good young players they’d get in return. ...Teams also are beginning to ask the Red Sox, 'Would you trade Lester?'
The 30-year-old Hamels, a former World Series MVP, is having another excellent season despite just a 3-5 record, with a 2.93 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 107 innings.
Lester, who is just a couple weeks younger than Hamels, is 9-7 with a 2.65 ERA and 134 K's in 129 innings.
Both pitchers have nine years of big league experience, are 3-time All-Stars and have World Series titles. Lester is 109-63 with a 3.66 ERA and 1371 career strikeouts in 1505 innings. Hamels is 102-79 with a 3.35 ERA and 1615 strikeouts in just over 1700 innings.
If the Sox were to land Hamels it would certainly spell the end of Lester's tenure in Boston and likely cost the Red Sox at least two high end prospects - possibly Mookie Betts and Rubby De La Rosa.
What say you, Red Sox Lifers?
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