In response to chetgnat's comment:
In response to TexasPat's comment:
This was an incredibly short-sighted and stupid trade made by the Red Sox. Ces is 28 years old, a .250 hitter, with a terrible career OBP. I can't believe that Ben shipped away his best asset for this guy. This appears to be a move by the Red Sox brass to try to divert criticism from those in it's fan base who are upset over losing Lester.
Make no mistake about it...this is a terrible trade, that will keep the Sox mired in the lower end of their division for the next 2-3 years.
so then what would you pay Lester, and/or what other options do you think were available in trades?
ie. what was your preference?
Trading for quality minor league OF prospects, or pitching prospects. This is was a terrible trade for a vastly overrated 28 year old, .250 hitter, with a terrible OBP. This is not the type of patient, disciplined hitter that has helped the Sox win three championships over the past 10 years. Management appears to have made this move to placate fans, rather than with an eye toward rebuilding to championship contention.