Are The Fish Interested In Jon Lester?
Whether the Marlins complete a deal or two by Thursday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline remains to be seen, but something that is evident thus far this season is the front office wanting to make this team a proven winner in the NL East.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio, the Fish are one of seven teams who have reached out to the Red Sox regarding Jon Lester.
If the front office is looking to send a signal to the clubhouse, the South Florida fan base and the rest of the National League, pulling off a deal for the two-time World Series champion would do the trick.
Lester, owed just over $4 million for the rest of the season, would be a rental, because he will be a free agent in the fall. Realistically, the Marlins wouldn’t be in the mix to sign the left-hander long-term.
In the short-term, Lester would bring a top-of-the-rotation presence to a young staff.
The asking price in terms of prospects would be high. So the question would be how much Miami would be willing to give up for a shot at making a serious push in the final two months.
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