The Boston Red Sox traded Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics today, getting Yoenis Cespedes in return. It's hard to see the Pittsburgh Pirates being able to match that price. There are still other starting pitchers on the market, although with the high prices Oakland has paid for Jeff Samardzija and Lester, the odds of the Pirates landing a starter seem small. They'd probably have to pay a ton for one of the remaining starters on the market.
So far, they've been linked to a few other starters, along with a lot of relievers. Here is where they stand after the Lester trade.
The Tampa Bay Rays don't really know what they're doing with David Price. It would make sense for them to trade him in this seller's market, but they've also been one of the hottest teams in baseball lately, which complicates matters. Despite the hot streak, they're still 5.5 games back in the Wild Card, two games under .500, and would have to jump past six teams to get a playoff spot. Joel Sh...
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