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I think if I was any team this offseason and Lester's agent came up to me and told me he's got some team that wants to pay him X and X is much higher than where you want to go you say thanks but no thanks.
Ehhh, I can think of a few reasons someone would rather play for the Yankees, too. There isn't much of a narrative to really suggest he's dying to be a Cub.
Am I the only who thinks the Red Sox FO took Lester aside before dealing and effectively said, hey, how'd you like to play for another contender instead of wasting 9 more starts here?
What the hell, Buehrle apparently fell for Loria's "kid, you don't need a no-trade clause, there's no way we'd trade you" so I suppose it's no more far-fetched to believe that Lester would believe the Red Sox "wink, wink, we'll offer you a better contract than we were a week ago, honest."
Hmmm, let's see, if the money/length of contract is close, Lester can go to the Yankees, an old and decrepit team with little help on the horizon, or he could go to the Cubs, who have as exciting a collection of young talent coming as anyone in baseball. And he would get to pitch in the NL, too- can't imagine why Lester would turn down Chicago for the Yanks under those circumstances...
Granted that last story claimed that "the belief remains" that Lester wants to stay in Boston and is willing to take a hometown discount to do so. Are pigs flying in Boston?
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