With the Red Sox falling out of the race and the Blue Jays heating up, it appears Jon Lester could be at the centre of a deal between the two AL East rivals.
Appearing on TSN 1050 on Tuesday, Sean McAdam of Comcast SportsNet New England reported that the Blue Jays, along with a number of other playoff contenders were in the mix for the Boston ace.
“The Blue Jays have been extremely aggressive over the last few days,” McAdam told TSN 1050. “This is not tire kicking, the Blue Jays are very much interested in Jon Lester.”
The 30-year-old lefthander has been dominant this season posting a 10-7 record with a 2.52 ERA despite pitching for a Red Sox team that dropped to 10 games under .500 following a 14-1 loss to Toronto on Monday.
Despite reports that the Blue Jays would not be willing to take on any money, and Lester due a total of $13 million before he hits free agency this winter, McAdam speculated the Jays could still be a player if the Red Sox would be willing to take back some money in a deal – similar to what they reportedly did in acquiring two prospects from the San Francisco Giants for Jake Peavy.
Still, the unwillingness of Toronto's ownership to spend could hurt them, with big money teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers thought to also be in the mix.
“It would probably put the Jays at a disadvantage,” McAdam said.
McAdam: Jays have serious interest in Lester