Re: IF PLAYOFFS started next month, IS LESTER ODD GUY OUT? Will his $13m option be picked up for next year?
posted at 8/9/2013 5:01 PM EDT
In response to MustangBri's comment:
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to GoUconn13's comment:
LEster may still be part of the playoff roster cuz he is a bit better than Dempster as well we all do now know if Bucholtz is coming back or not. Right now as of today, yes.
For picking up option. I strongly hope that Boston would buy him out and try to resign him for a cheaper short term contract such as 2 years for 16 mm. But I strongly think he may want out of the organization and look elsewhere to start fresh if his option isnt pick up by the team!!
IF Breakholz makes it back-and thats a huge IF-then Lester is the odd man out, along with Dempster in terms of SP. We only would need 4 if we make the playoffs-another big IF. They would be Breakholz, Peavy, Lackey, and Doubront. No way Lester or Dempster is a better choice than any of those four. Also, since he has never pitched in relief (I believe), he should, along with Dempster, be left OFF the postseason roster, again if Breakholz makes it back.
In terms of his option, we have the same four SP next year. That, appropriately, makes Lester our #5 SP. Unfortunately, we are also STUCK with Dempster next year as he will still be under contract. Is a #5 SP worth $13M? I think not, especially since we have a gaggle of young promising SP who could help the team next year.
So "no" to the playoff roster and "no" to picking up his overpriced option.
You really believe the Sox would pick Doubront over Lester as a SP for the playoffs? Nonsense.
LOOK AT THEIR ERAs! How else do you pick your pitchers for the postseason? Good looks? Personality? Lester has been mediocre and inconsistent. Doubront has a sub 4 ERA and has not allowed more than 3 ER since June 13 and has had an ERA of 2.02 since that game. Lester has an ERA of 4.75 in that time period. Unless he falls apart or Lester suddenly turns the corner, it would be STUPID to choose Lester over him. Sorry, but thats just the way the stats are......stats can be a b!tch sometimes.