Jon Lester Trade Rumors: 6 Teams with the Chips to Pry Ace Away from Red Sox

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Jon Lester Trade Rumors: 6 Teams with the Chips to Pry Ace Away from Red Sox
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The trades are coming, the trades are coming!

Okay, so that's not what Paul Revere said on his famous midnight ride back in 1775, but Boston could definitely be gearing up for trades, and not in a good way.

On Saturday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported that the Atlanta Braves had made inquiries with the Boston Red Sox regarding the status of left-handed pitcher Jon Lester.

Lester was rocked by the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon, giving up a whopping 11 runs on nine hits in just four innings, giving him a record of 5-8 and a 5.46 ERA.

Lester is not injured, nor is he going through any major mechanical issues.

The Braves probably figured out exactly what Lester needs—a change of scenery.

After last year's epic September collapse and the ensuing media firestorm surrounding the various issues in the clubhouse, two of the players at the epicenter of the clubhouse scandal—Lester and fellow starter Josh Beckett—have largely struggled throughout the season.

Coincidence? I think not.

With the Red Sox wallowing in last place with a 48-48 record and 9.5 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East, this may just be the right time for GM Ben Cherington to explore trade options for Lester, and really start the process of making needed changes in the Red Sox clubhouse.

Think about it for a minute. If you're Jon Lester and you're having to deal with the fallout from last season, wouldn't that affect your performance?

Damn straight it would.

This is the right time for Cherington to entertain offers, and here are six MLB teams who have the chips to pull off a deal.

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