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First Pitch: Finding a Middle Ground in the Jon Lester/Josh Bell Debate

First Pitch: Finding a Middle Ground in the Jon Lester/Josh Bell Debate

The lead up to the trade deadline has been pretty bland so far. The Pirates are looking at relievers. The Pirates are looking at more relievers. They like A.J. Burnett, kind of, but don't like his salary for 2015. More relievers. Interest in Marlon Byrd, for some reason. Relievers. Not really interested in Burnett anymore because of the 2015 salary. Just to specify: left-handed relievers.

And that was the way it was until this afternoon, when news came out that the Pirates were emerging as dark-horse candidates for Jon Lester. That's a big rumor, but it's not too far off what we've heard before, with the Pirates showing interest in Lester. The key difference here is that Josh Bell's name was thrown in to the Passan rumors, which created an afternoon and evening of debates over a theoretical trade that would send Josh Bell to the Red Sox for two months of Jon Lester.

As Pat Lackey pointed out on Twitter today, this is the most divisive trade discussion for Pirates fans.

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