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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
the Red Sox have discussed the possibility of trading left-hander Jon Lester to the Royals as part of a package that would net outfield megaprospect Wil Myers in return, one of the foremost position playing prospects in all of baseball, and someone who is viewed as big league ready for 2013.
It is a deal that is breathtaking in its conception, and that raises considerable, fundamental questions about the Red Sox and the state of baseball. Could the Sox shed their Opening Day starter and contend? Is a player who hasn’t spent a day in the majors—and who thus would remain under team control for at least six years—more valuable than an established two-time All-Star (albeit one coming off a down year) who is theoretically in his career prime but who has just two years before reaching free agency? Is a potential top-of-the-rotation starter more or less valuable than a potential middle-of-the-lineup force?
The lines of inquiry are fascinating but, for now, theoretical. As Bradford points out, there’s no indication at this time that anything is close to getting done between the two teams. Nonetheless, the questions are sufficiently interesting that it’s worth a more detailed examination.
Speier does his usual excellent job of breaking down why the Sox would do it and why they would not do it. I think it’s an interesting take on the whole “prospect for established player” idea.
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