Jon Lester Traded to Oakland For Yoenis Cespedes
Jul31

Jon Lester Traded to Oakland For Yoenis Cespedes

Jeff Passan reports that Jon Lester has been traded. The team is unknown at the moment. Source: Jon Lester has been traded. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014 Updates to come. UPDATE 9:42 AM: Passan says Lester is going to a West Coast team. Lester going to a team on the West Coast. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014 So I think it’s safe to say we can rule out the Pirates, unless the report is wrong. My...

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Latest Jon Lester Rumors: Pirates and Cardinals Pushing the Hardest
Jul30

Latest Jon Lester Rumors: Pirates and Cardinals Pushing the Hardest

Jon Lester won’t be making his start today, as we learned last night he would be scratched in anticipation for a trade. The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the mix, but the cost is going to be high. I wrote about that cost last night, while also looking at some players who could be given up for Lester. Here are the latest rumors on Lester, with updates throughout the day. Buster Olney says that the NL Central teams are just as...

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Orioles Pursuing Jon Lester
Jul30

Orioles Pursuing Jon Lester

The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly close to a deal for Jon Lester, according to Pete Abraham in Boston and Brittany Ghiroli in Baltimore. #RedSox in discussions on a deal that would end Jon Lester to the #Orioles sources from both teams say. Would return a pitcher — Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) July 30, 2014 Hearing Orioles are close to a deal with the Red Sox for pitcher Jon Lester. Same as @PeteAbe — Brittany Ghiroli...

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Dodgers Out on Jon Lester, David Price, and Cole Hamels
Jul30

Dodgers Out on Jon Lester, David Price, and Cole Hamels

Peter Gammons reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are not trading their top prospects, and as a result, are out of the running for top pitchers like Jon Lester, David Price, and Cole Hamels. Dodgers have made it clear they're not trading Pederson, Seager or Urias, no longer on Lester, Price or Hamels. Thinking backend SP, bench — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 30, 2014 The St. Louis Cardinals just traded for Justin Masterson,...

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How Jon Lester Could Impact a Very Close NL Playoff Race
Jul30

How Jon Lester Could Impact a Very Close NL Playoff Race

Normally we only do one playoff projection each week. In last Friday’s update, the Pirates had the sixth best odds of making the post season, and were sitting just outside of the second Wild Card spot. Since then, they’ve gone 3-2, with two big wins against the NL Wild Card contending┬áSan Francisco Giants. That has given the Pirates a slight jump in the projections this week. The purpose of this update isn’t to...

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