According to reports, the Toronto Blue Jays have entered the sweepstakes for Jon Lester. There is no denying the addition of the Boston Red Sox pitcher would be a huge boost to the Blue Jays’ postseason chances.
As you can imagine, Lester is drawing a lot of interest from different teams, including the Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers. However, sources indicate the Blue Jays have been the most aggressive in their pursuit of the three-time all-star.
Lester is a free agent at the end of the season, meaning he would likely be a short-term solution. There is no indication if the Red Sox would be prepared to trade the 2002 2nd round draft pick within their own division.
What is clear: Boston are open to either receiving an established player or an elite prospect in return for the left-hander. With the trade deadline set for 4:00 p.m. this Thursday, it is almost certain any potential deal will go down to the wire.
If the Blue Jays can secure the services of Lester, they will be getting a player who back in May had a career-high 15 strikeouts against the Oakland Athletics. This season, he has a 10-7 record in 21 starts and is on course for a career-low ERA of 2.52.
Lester is 15-9 against Toronto in 30 career starts so Jose Bautista and crew won’t likely miss him if lands somewhere outside the division. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays may still have to face him on Wednesday night.
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