Found December 11, 2012 on
MLB Injury News:
Jon Lester's name has popped up in trade rumors off and on since the end of the season. He has not been anywhere near one of the hottest rumors on the hot stove this offseason, but it is possible the Boston Red Sox could trade him. However, John Tomase of the Boston Herald suggests that would be a bad move.
Lester has been a workhorse for the Red Sox. That obviously isn't the end-all, be-all reason to keep a pitcher. It's worth something though. Lester has tossed 190 or more innings for five straight seasons. He avoided the disabled list in 2012 altogether, spent a short time on the DL in 2011, and has been relatively healthy his entire career. Healthy is also worth something. The Red Sox need all the help they can get, and having healthy player who will be on the field is important.
However, most people seem to be overlooking Lester's success in Boston says Tomase. He points out that Lester is in pretty good company when looking at his numbers historically.
It turns out he’s one of only a dozen pitchers in history to reach 60 wins, a 3.50 ERA, and 8 K/9 at those ages, and the ensuing careers of the other 11 suggest he’s a much better bet to bounce back than we’re giving him credit for.
Who are the other 11 pitchers to match those numbers? Nolan Ryan, Sam McDowell, Pedro Martinez, Sandy Koufax, Roger Clemens, Tim Lincecum, Johan Santana, Mario Soto, and Jim Maloney. The majority of the pitchers on this list are or were stars. And each of them had their down years. It seems people in Boston are being too quick in their desire to write of Lester altogether.
The Red Sox have done a solid job rebuilding their tattered franchise this offseason. Keeping Lester around will probable be key to their success. The team still needs pitching help, so dealing a guy who has a career 3.76 ERA in Boston does not seem smart. Lester is not eligible for free agency until 2014, so the Red Sox can evaluate him during the season this year, and if they are convinced he won't help them, they can deal him at the trade deadline. But as Tomase points out, don't be surprised if you see a bounce-back year for Lester in 2013.
var _gaq = _gaq || ;
ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js';
var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script'); s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
BEST OF MAXIM
Could Mike Napoli's deal with the Boston Red Sox be in jeopardy?
The Red Sox anticipated introducing Napoli at a news conference Tuesday, according to major-league sources, but did not go forward with the event.
Napoli, 31, reached agreement with the Red Sox on Dec. 3 on a three-year, $39 million free-agent contract, pending a physical.
Initial reports from ESPN.com and the...
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
A newly acquired Red Sox player usually comes to Boston for a physical and officially signs the contract. Then, the player is introduced at a Fenway Park press conference.
It seems like for days now the Red...
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia star in the latest edition of Yahoo's Sports Friends:
Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.
Over the weekend David Ortiz hit the links with some friends, but it wasn’t just another typical round of golf.
Ortiz hosted his annual golf tournament in his native Dominican Republic, inviting his celebrity friends to join him in raising money for Big Papi’s Children’s Charity. In fact, Ortiz says that the Red Sox’ overall mission to give back to the community is one of...
David Ortiz gathered teammates old and new over the weekend for his charity golf tournament.
But while most players were lining up shots for a good cause, some were also ready to tee off on former Boston manager Bobby Valentine.
“Hopefully, we go back to a normal year and we don’t have that much controversy and stuff going on,” Ortiz said while talking about recovering from...
Mike Napoli is set to go to Boston on a three-year deal worth $39 million. Or is he? The two sides were supposed to get together for a press conference, that never happened. ESPN reported that Napoli was to undergo a physical Dec. 5. Ken Rosenthal reports that the physical was taken more recently. Neither Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington nor Napoli’s agent, Brian Grieper...
Gary DiSarcina, the former Angels shortstop who was recently promoted to special assistant to General Manager Jerry Dipoto, confirmed Tuesday that he is leaving the organization to manage the Boston Red Soxs triple-A team at Pawtucket, R.I.
DiSarcina spent the 2012 season as the teams minor league field coordinator after serving as a special assistant to former Angels GM Tony Reagins...
The Red Sox have bolstered their offense by adding Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes. There’s still work to be done, however, and it all starts with the team’s pitching staff.
As it stands, the Sox have some holes in their rotation, and you can bet Ben Cherington would like to add a hurler or two before Opening Day. If that is, in fact, the route Cherington goes in...
To this point in the offseason, the Red Sox have filled some holes in the outfield, infield and the bullpen. Ben Cherington has said that the team continues to try to find starting pitching, but have yet to make any major trades or signings for it. The market for starting pitching has dropped off [...]
A few weeks after current Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyeler was named first base coach for the Boston Red Sox, the Pawsox reportedly have tabbed former Angels shortstop and Lowell Spinners manager Gary DiSarcina as their new skipper for 2013 campaign. The news of the hiring was first by Maureen Mullen, a Red Sox [...]
(source feed provided no summary content for this entry)
According to a report from FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Boston Red Sox deal with free agent catcher Mike Napoli may have hit some snags and the deal could be in jeopardy. Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox press conference to introduce Mike Napoli was supposed to have happened Tuesday, but no such press conference took [...]
The Reds are trying to round out their roster, the Tigers are searching for another starter, and Mike Napoli might not join the Red Sox after all.