The Los Angeles Dodgers have been rumored to be interested in Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price, but they reportedly also have their sights on another left-hander.
According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox have discussed a trade for Jon Lester:
One major-league source said the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Rays ace David Price, have had discussions with the Sox regarding Lester, but if so, those talks have not progressed very far to date.
Lester is 10-7 this season with a 2.52 ERA and is coming off a no-decision in a game where he started opposite Price. Given the trade rumors surrounding both left-handers, it was reported several scouts were on hand to watch the game.
Whereas Price won’t be a free agent until after the 2016 season, Lester is up for free agency at the conclusion of this season. During Spring Training, the Red Sox offered Lester a contract worth in the neighborhood of four years and $70 million, which he turned down.
As they’ve began to fade in the American League East standings, the growing belief has been the Red Sox would be open to shedding salary. They traded Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants and Edes reports a source as saying the team was “working on a lot of things.”
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported the Dodgers could seek relief help from the Red Sox, who at one point were believed to be interested in Matt Kemp.
The two teams were trade partners in 2012 that netted the Dodgers Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and over $250 million in salaries.
During the All-Star break, Zack Greinke said he was going to monitor Lester’s free agency and use it as a some guidance once he’s able to opt out of his contract after the 2015 season.
Despite the abundance of rumors the Dodgers have been linked to, a source said Saturday the team wasn’t closing in on any deals.
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