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    Official Red Sox Trade Deadline Rumors

    This thread is for trade rumors leading up to the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline on Thursday. With the Sox apparently in sell mode, a third of the remaining roster heading to FA, and two non-FA players "demanding" a trade it could be very lively.

    Don't propose trades here, use the Trade Ideas thread for that.

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    According to Jeff Passan and Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, the Pirates are "a fast-emerging dark horse" to acquire Jon Lester from the Red Sox.

    The Pirates could use an ace as much as anyone and they have the prospects to get a deal done. For what it's worth, prospect outfielder Josh Bell is said to be "at the center" of talks. The Dodgers, Brewers, and Orioles are among the other teams who have been linked to Lester over the past couple of days.

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    Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network on Sirius XM hears that the Blue Jays, Mariners, Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers, Orioles, and Marlins are the teams that are "in" on Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.

    With this many teams involved, it's increasingly likely that the Red Sox will find a deal to their liking. Lester is due to become a free agent after the season, so teams will be paying for a rental, but he's capable of putting a contender over the top. The 30-year-old has a 2.52 ERA and 149/32 K/BB ratio over 143 innings this season.

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Royals are one of multiple teams interested in Andrew Miller.

    The Pirates and Braves have also been linked to Miller in recent days. The 29-year-old left-hander owns a fine 2.45 ERA and 65/13 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings this season. He's due to become a free agent this offseason.

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    Mike Napoli is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

    This will be his second time out of the lineup in the past three games. We haven't heard anything about an injury, so perhaps the Red Sox are just using this as an opportunity to showcase Mike Carp, who is starting at first base Tuesday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSoxtober View Post
    This thread is for trade rumors leading up to the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline on Thursday. With the Sox apparently in sell mode, a third of the remaining roster heading to FA, and two non-FA players "demanding" a trade it could be very lively.

    Don't propose trades here, use the Trade Ideas thread for that.
    Nice thread Red. I can't wait for the Trade Deadline to come. I think Lester is gone. The Red Sox just don't want to hand out 6 to 8 year contracts anymore and I don't blame them for it.

    Furthermore, they don't want to hand out big money to pitchers over 30. All this leads me to the conclusion, that Lester is going to be traded. My opinion is that everyone on this should be available at the right price. No one is untouchable in my eyes.
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    Andy McCullough reports that the Royals have inquired on John Lackey.

    It backs up a previous report from Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. McCullough adds that the Red Sox are "said to be seeking a sizable return." It's not a surprise, given that Lackey has a $500,000 club option on Lackey for 2015 that's as a result of his 2012 Tommy John surgery. The rigthy boasts a 3.60 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 137 1/3 innings this season.

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    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was told by a Rays source that the team is "talking and willing" on the David Price trade front.

    "[We'll] see if any teams have the desire," the source added. Heyman was told by rival executives that they believe general manager Andrew Friedman "has the guts to deal Price when the team has rallied from nowhere to the cusp of the AL pennant race. A few even suggest that he may prefer to pull the trigger." USA Today's Bob Nightengale has indicated that the Cardinals could have an offer on the table of Oscar Taveras, Shelby Miller and their competitive balance pick in exchange for Price. It appears, however, that the Rays may want even more. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi says that Price is expected to start for the Rays Wednesday afternoon "barring a dramatic turn" in trade talks.
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    Wow on the bolded part. That has GOT to be turning folks towards Lester IMO. That's a crazy price already.

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    Oscar Taveras alone is enough for me!

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    The division-rival Jays and Orioles seem out of the running for Lester at this point, per Bradford (Twitter links). A team source rejected the suggestion that the Dodgers would offer top prospect Joc Pederson for Lester, Saxon reports.
    If the Pirates make a deal for Lester, it will have to occur before his start tomorrow so he can take his next turn for Pittsburgh, reports MLB.com’s Tom Singer. The Bucs are not willing to part with prospects Tyler Glasnow, Nick Kingham, Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, or Austin Meadows in a deal. But the team would consider dealing Alen Hanson or JaCoby Jones, and Singer says that third baseman Jose Tabata is a “wild card” in discussions, which could potentially expand to include Mike Carp or one of several Boston relievers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSoxtober View Post
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    Wow on the bolded part. That has GOT to be turning folks towards Lester IMO. That's a crazy price already.
    That's not that bad a price for Price. Miller has struggled this year and seems to be a mid rotation starter at best. Obviously he's still a solid piece but Tavares and Miller isn't too much to ask.

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    No way in hades do I do a deal with the Pirates and not acquire one of Glasnow, Bell, Meadows, etc. The Pirates have some sort of logjam in the outfield - makes no sense.

    Also Hanson is a SS...the Red Sox don't need more infielder prospects - they need outfielders. Jones is considered a 2B/SS/OF but he K's a ****-ton and I'm not sold on him yet. Oh well, that's why I merely post in a forum and am not making decisions for a franchise.

    Still think the Pirates are bluffing with that.

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    Based on information from major league sources, including executives who commented on condition of anonymity, the Red Sox have spoken with as many as eight teams about Lester’s availability, notifying them that they will require at least two elite-level prospects in any deal. One source said the Sox haven’t prioritized getting a power-hitting outfielder, although it remains their primary need. At this point, they seem more interested simply in obtaining the best possible return.

    Although the Dodgers are viewed by some industry insiders as the front-runner in the Lester sweepstakes, the Sox also could spark a bidding war among three interested teams in the NL Central — the Brewers, Cardinals and Pirates. Late last night, the Pirates were believed to be making a push to acquire Lester, possibly as part of a bigger deal that would involve other Red Sox players who are on the market.

    Disgruntled first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp and lefty Felix Doubront, for instance, likely are being peddled, although neither figures to fetch much value unless they’re packaged in a larger deal. Lefty reliever Andrew Miller and outfielder Jonny Gomes, both free agents-to-be, have drawn interest from some teams.

    The Sox even have talked about trading right-hander John Lackey, who could bring back an even bigger package by virtue of the fact that he’s under contract next season for the $500,000 minimum salary. But one American League executive said they’re “unlikely to move both (Lester and Lackey) without getting starting pitching back.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekBrink2 View Post
    That's not that bad a price for Price. Miller has struggled this year and seems to be a mid rotation starter at best. Obviously he's still a solid piece but Tavares and Miller isn't too much to ask.
    Sorry, by "crazy" I meant big/good/great. I didn't mean to suggest that it was unrealistic for Price. If I were in their shoes then I would have had a hard time saying no with Longoria/Myers/Taveras in the order and the young arms + Miller in place they might actually score some runs to go along with that dominating run prevention.

    I do, however, think that Miller could become more than just a mid-rotation guy given his age.

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    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers and Cardinals "appear to be the teams most aggressively competing" for Jon Lester and David Price.

    Lester is virtually certain to get moved after being scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start, while Price's status is more up the air with the Rays back in the playoff hunt. Heyman writes that the Pirates "are still involved to some degree on the Lester front, but they are reluctant to surrender top prospects for a rental, seeming to place them third in the derby at the moment." The A's have also been mentioned as a potential suitor for Lester, but it appears that they may have fallen back from the pack, as well. It could be an interesting battle between the Dodgers and Cardinals for Lester and perhaps Price, as they both have the prospects to deal and the room to add payroll.
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    Any impact transaction would focus on the pitching staff, specifically a rotation missing Michael Wacha (shoulder), Jaime Garcia (shoulder) and, for at least the moment, rookie Carlos Martinez (innings immaturity). Shelby Miller just left bullpen dry dock last Saturday. The club is withholding the identity of this Saturday’s starter against the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers. Saturday represents the first time the Cardinals have needed a fifth starter since the All-Star break. Coincidentally, it may fall 48 hours after the club acquires another pitcher.

    General manager John Mozeliak ordered his analytics team and other support staff to San Diego on Tuesday. The Cardinals typically don’t engage in costly window-dressing. Cliff Lee, Jon Lester, A.J. Burnett, Cole Hamels, Ian Kennedy, Justin Masterson and David Price are among the pitchers commanding due diligence.

    There’s serious smoke here.
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    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals have "backed off" Jonny Gomes.

    The concern is that Gomes is limited to left field or the designated hitter spot, while the Royals are looking for someone who can play right field. Josh Willingham is also not a fit with Kansas City for the same reason. Gomes is making $5 million and will be a free agent after the season.
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    We could potentially have a top 3 farm system with tons of cash to spend by Friday. This is so exciting!!😇

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    Rosenthal just reported on twitter that the sox are "very likely" to trade Lackey along with Lester

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