Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a big rumor, saying that the Pittsburgh Pirates are emerging as a dark-horse candidate for Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester. He also says that one name at the center of trade talks is Josh Bell.
As we learned with last year's Bud Norris situation, and the revelation of the Astros' trade talks this year, having a guy like Bell mentioned in this rumor doesn't necessarily mean the Pirates would deal him. Last year we heard a rumor that the Astros and Pirates were discussing Bud Norris, and that Tyler Glasnow made sense. We eventually found out that the Astros just wanted Glasnow, and the Pirates said no.
In Bell's case, we don't know the backstory, although the Red Sox have liked him in the past. In fact, they wanted him in the 2011 draft, but passed on him...
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