|07.30.14 at 12:49 am ET|
The atmosphere in the Red Sox clubhouse was eerily somber following the team’s 4-2 loss at the hands of the Blue Jays Tuesday night. However, this aura of disappointment was not due to the numbers on the scoreboard, but rather the growing realization that one of the Red Sox‘ most beloved players might not be at his locker the following morning.
Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed after the game that Jon Lester, who has been the focus of trade rumors for the past few weeks, would not make his scheduled start Wednesday, further adding to the belief that the southpaw’s days in Boston are numbered. One general manager told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford that a deal could be struck as soon as Wednesday morning.
While Lester’s performance on the mound (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) will be difficult for Boston to replicate if he is indeed dealt, the possibility of losing the lefty’s presence in the clubhouse struck a much deeper chord with some of his teammates.
“It’s tough. We’re not teammates, we’re family,” Pedroia said. “It’s something that you don’t like going through. It makes you feel worse. We don’t want to be in this position. … We should be adding instead of subtracting, so hopefully he’s here.”
Pedroia continued: “We’ve got a big game to play and we want him pitching it. … It would be tough to see him in another uniform.”
Said Ortiz: “Lester is like a brother to me. [Pedroia] was right, we’ve been together for a long period of time. Just because of the fact that all of these trade rumors are going around and him being scratched tomorrow, it can get a little complicated. We’ll see how that works.”
|07.29.14 at 10:41 pm ET|
With trade winds blowing around Jon Lester, the Red Sox have scratched the left-hander from his scheduled start on Wednesday against the Blue Jays. The team will recall Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket.
“In light of all the uncertainty surrounding Jon Lester, it’s probably in everyone’s best interests that he does not make that start, so Brandon will be recalled,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays. “There will be a corresponding move roster-wise at some point tomorrow.”
That corresponding move, of course, could be a trade that sends Lester elsewhere. The 30-year-old — amidst a season in which he’s 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA — represents one of the foremost chips on the market.
One general manager who has checked in with the Red Sox said that it was looking like a deal would be done either on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Industry sources suggest that some teams that had been involved in talks for the pitcher are exiting the running for his services, including the two AL East teams — the Orioles and Blue Jays — that had been kicking the tires on the pitcher.
UPDATE (11:19 p.m.): According to an industry source, multiple teams remain involved in negotiations about a potential Lester trade, suggesting that a deal is not yet in place.
|07.29.14 at 10:13 pm ET|
In what has been a Jekyll-and-Hyde season for Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa, an unsightly 6.04 road ERA (four starts) has been balanced by a stellar track record in the friendly confines of Fenway Park.
Entering Tuesday’s game against Toronto, De La Rosa had compiled a 3-0 record with a 1.38 ERA in four starts at Fenway – the lowest home ERA of any AL pitcher with at least four home starts this season.
Unfortunately for De La Rosa and the slumping Red Sox, the young right-hander could not add to his impressive track record at home Tuesday night, as De La Rosa and the Sox fell to the Blue Jays, 4-2.
De La Rosa improved from his previous outing against Toronto Thursday (seven runs over four innings) but still labored on the mound, surrendering three earned runs on nine hits in six innings of work. After compiling a 2.64 ERA in his first seven starts this season, De La Rosa has posted an ERA of 8.10 in his last two outings.
At the plate, the Boston lineup could do little against Toronto starter Marcus Stroman. The 23-year-old – who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his last outing against Boston last Thursday – held the Red Sox to just one run and five hits over seven innings.
After scoring a season-high 14 runs on July 21, the Red Sox have only scored 17 runs over their last eight games.
The Blue Jays managed to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth off of Junichi Tazawa, and while Xander Bogaerts hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, the Blue Jays were able to hold the lead and seal the victory.
With the loss, the Red Sox fall to 48-59 and have lost seven of their last eight games.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX
– One of De La Rosa’s strengths this season has been his ability to maneuver out of jams with little to no damage reflected on the scoreboard. Entering Tuesday’s game, opponents were hitting jut .158 (3-for-19) with two outs and RISP against De La Rosa this season.
De La Rosa could not continue that trend Tuesday, as the 25-year-old righty surrendered an RBI double to Toronto’s No. 9 hitter, Anthony Gose, in the fourth inning, scoring Colby Rasmus and Juan Francisco from second and third, respectively.
|07.29.14 at 9:45 pm ET|
It’s hard enough for a team to remain focused and composed during the grind of a 162-game season. It becomes an even harder ordeal when almost a third of your team might be shipped off in the coming days.
Multiple players have heard their names come up in trade rumors, with Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jonny Gomes, Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, Mike Carp and Stephen Drew all facing the possibility of playing for a different team in a matter of days.
While the thought of losing multiple players -- many of whom played key roles in Boston’s World Series run in 2013 – is likely a huge distraction in Boston’s clubhouse, Red Sox manager John Farrell stressed in his pregame press conference Tuesday that it is imperative for the team not to lose the unity and camaraderie that it had built over the last two seasons during this stressful time of the year.
“There’s a lot of talk,” Farrell said. “We’re not unrealistic to see that players are hearing and seeing their name associated with a potential [trade], so those are some common distractions that are associated with the trading deadline. We do what we can to maintain an open line of communication, that’s the here and the now.
“I will say this, that it is important that we all continue to focus as a team. … The things that we established a year ago and the things that we continue to build, that can’t be sacrificed with a so-called distraction taking away from the way we play. That’s unacceptable, in my mind.”
Farrell continued: “There’s still a lot of answers to be had this year, and I think our guys are well aware of that despite the current couple of days where there’s a lot of talk. … I think it’s important to recognize that we don’t sacrifice the expectation of what goes on in between the lines.”
|07.29.14 at 7:33 pm ET|
Rumors have been flying over the past few days regarding Jon Lester‘s future. While there are naturally a number of clubs vying for the services of Lester, two of the more interesting teams that have been connected to the Sox lefty are the Orioles and the Blue Jays, two of the Red Sox‘ divisional rivals.
Obviously, trading within the division is something that doesn’t happen often. The last time the Red Sox struck a deal with an AL East rival was when they acquired current manager John Farrell and pitcher David Carpenter for infielder Mike Aviles prior to the 2013 season. But inter-divisional deals that occur during the season are even more rare.
To find the last time the Red Sox pulled off a deal within the AL East in the middle of the summer, you’d have to go back to 2006, when they sent cash and a player to be named later to Baltimore for catcher Javy Lopez. They also acquired Eric Hinske from the Blue Jays for cash after the deadline that year. Read the rest of this entry »
|07.29.14 at 6:44 pm ET|
With Boston sitting 11 games back in the AL East division standings and the July 31 trade deadline drawing closer and closer, the focus on the team in recent days has not been a matter of determining the chances of a miraculous playoff run in the final two months of the season. Rather, it has all been about ace Jon Lester, who could see his almost 12-year career with the Red Sox organization come to a close in a matter of days, perhaps even as soon as Wednesday.
Lester is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday. That remains the case even with rumors swirling around him. But the rumors have enough substance that the Red Sox have already announced an alternative should Lester be dealt in the next 24 hours.
“As of right now, [Lester is] scheduled to start [Wednesday] night,” said Farrell. “We have a contingency plan. If Jon is traded by this time tomorrow Brandon Workman will start.”
While the chances of Lester remaining as a member of the team becomes an increasingly slim scenario as the hours pass, Farrell said that he remains optimistic that Lester will remain in the Sox rotation by the time the deadline passes.
“Someone asked me a question earlier about having experienced a lot of successes, a lot of challenges and my only response is that I hope there are many more to experience with [Lester],” Farrell said. “The reality of the game is what we’re living right now and certain individual cases, but I’m always optimistic and hopeful that he’ll remain in a Red Sox uniform.” Read the rest of this entry »
|07.29.14 at 5:53 pm ET|
According to multiple sources, the only offer made by either side in the Jon Lester negotiations — from Lester’s representatives or the Red Sox — was the initial offering of four years, $70 million by the Sox at the end of spring training.
Yet, according to the sources, even with just the one formal offer, both sides have a “pretty good” understanding of what the respective parties are looking for their landing spots to be. The talks have been, and continue to be, classified as cordial and without animosity.
With the parameters in place, and no further communication scheduled until after the season, it has led the Red Sox to explore trade options involving the lefty.
While Lester is scheduled to pitch Wednesday, sources suggest there is still some uncertainty regarding whether or not he will make the start. Red Sox manager John Farrell said prior to Tuesday night’s game that if Lester isn’t able to go in the Sox’ series finale against the Blue Jays, Brandon Workman would fill in.
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