Re: Lester for Wil Myers?
posted at 11/28/2012 9:11 AM EST
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
Theres no way I trade a 21yr old who has NEVER stepped foot in a MLB batters box for an accomplished MLB pitcher coming off a down year. It would take a lot more than Myers to get the deal done. The value of a successful starting MLB pitcher far outweighs a ML corner outfielder with pop and a high K rate.
Lester has gone through a rough 2 years with 3 pitching coaches, picking up bad habits from Beckett and finally hitting rock bottom this year. He was the one who was the most excited having Farrell back and I believe will benefit the most from his presence. Lester has had great success in the toughest division in MLB, being a LHP in Fenway Park no less. You dont just give that kind of talent away.
I find it interesting that you usually are against my suggestions of trading our top prospects for established players, but seem dead set about trading Lester for a bonafide top of the top prospect.
While I do not think Lester is washed up, he has had more than a season of poor to not so great performance (counting Spet 2011). His lost velocity will likely never return. He is smart enough to re-invent himself into a pitcher not dependent on his heater, but for most pitchers that takes 2-3 years. By then, his contract is up.
As I said before, I would not trade Lester unless we have plans on adding 2 #3 slot or better SPs to our rotation via trade (B. Anderson?) or free agency (A Sanchez, E Jackson, McCarthy or Marcum?).
If we could trade Lester, Salty or Lava, and Aceves for Myers and Butler, and then sign A Sanchez & McCarthy, we'd be a much better team. If we could then trade for J Upton, I'd stop calling 2013 a "bridge year".
Its not a bridge year they will sign at least 2 of Swisher, C.Ross, Napoli.