Orioles Trade Talk: John Lester

Tyler's BylineIt’s that time of the season where contending teams try to make a trade in order to rise to the top; even if it’s a trade in the same division.

There has been speculation that the Orioles have reached out to the Boston Red Sox about Jon Lester, according to Jon Morosi.

Jon Lester has been one of the best pitchers in the AL this season, with a 10-7 record and a 2.52 ERA. He’s also struck out 149 batters in 143 innings.

The problem with Lester is that he’s in a contract year and the Red Sox are trying to rent him to a team who needs a frontline starter.

The term “rent” is used because Lester has expressed interest in returning to Boston after this season.

So should the Orioles try and go after Lester to bolster the rotation? My answer is no.

Jon Lester is a fantastic pitcher, but he’ll come at a high cost, as Boston will want a lot in order to give him up to a division rival.

593958Baltimore might be able to trade for the pitcher without giving away one of the big three arms, but the deal would likely have to include pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez would be the center of the deal and the O’s would have to add about two more prospects in order to gouge the Red Sox interest.

The price to get Lester seems fair and might be worth it, but I don’t see this trade happening because of how well the starters have pitched as of late.

It’s gotten to the point where the Orioles are making sure Ubaldo Jimenez takes his time coming back from injury because they have nowhere to put him.

Baltimore shouldn’t try to add a big-name rental player to the rotation when it’s already crowded and pitching well. Losing top prospects just wouldn’t be worth it.

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