The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays have the pitching matchup of the night, with Jon Lester going up against David Price. Both pitchers are rumored to be possible additions to the trade block by the end of next week. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants both have two high level scouts watching the matchup.
It's hard to say if the Pirates are there watching Price, Lester, or both. Price has a year remaining before he hits free agency, and will be due a raise over his $14 M salary this year. Lester is in the final year of his contract, making $13 M this year. The Red Sox have tried to extend him, but the latest reports have the talks stalling.
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