With all the trade talk about Tampa Bay Rays’ starting ace David Price possibly coming to the Los Angeles Dodgers, there has been another talented left-hander from the American League East that is rumored to be drawing the Dodgers’ interest.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox pitching for the Dodgers is a possibility due to the amount of assets the Dodgers have to offer:
The Dodgers have several talented outfielders, which is Boston’s biggest need. They include center field prospect Joc Pederson and longtime Dodgers star Matt Kemp, who’s having an off year and seems more than open to a trade.
The Dodgers have reportedly made calls to teams who may be interested in trading for Kemp. As far as Joc Pederson, Los Angeles has told multiple teams they don’t intend on parting ways with the minor league slugger.
However, with a starting pitching core of Lester, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, it would be a solid rotation to take into the postseason. This season, Lester made his third All-Star appearance and has posted a 10-7 record with a 2.52 ERA.
He has spent all of his nine MLB seasons with the Red Sox, including 2010 when he was a 19 game-winner. The left-hander has also won two World Series titles with the team in 2007 and 2013.
Some of the Dodgers’ motivation to trade Kemp may stem from a reported rift with manager Don Mattingly. Kemp is interested in playing center field, which Mattingly hasn’t indicated won’t take place with the Dodgers.
Despite general manager Ned Colletti’s remarks that the team may not make a deal, his history supports otherwise.
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