The St. Louis Cardinals just traded for Justin Masterson, and it has been said their GM doesn't want to part with his top prospects. However, it's also said that the Masterson deal doesn't necessarily remove them from getting Lester. So what does this mean for Jon Lester and the Red Sox?
I think this makes it extremely unlikely that the Red Sox are getting two elite prospects for Lester, or a package like the one we heard suggested this morning, with Josh Bell, Nick Kingham, and JaCoby Jones. No one seems to want to deal an elite prospect for a rental right now. It might end up costing a guy like Bell, assuming no other teams get involved with a willingness to pay a big price. Right now, things aren't trending in their direction.
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