In a report by Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star on November 26, the Kansas City Royals had been engaged in negotiations with the Boston Red Sox to bring Jon Lester to Kansas City in exchange for their top prospect, Wil Myers.
While at this point, there is no real traction to any deal with Kansas City, it is an interesting destination for Lester to land. However, it may not be the best place in terms of production.
Coming off of his worst season statistically for the Boston Red Sox, Lester has an all-time low trade value.
That being said, he should be in line for a bounce back season, one would assume. However, with two-years and over $24 million left on his contract, it may be a hard sell.
In 2012, Lester posted a 9-14 record with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.383 WHIP — hardly what you would expect out of your ace.
The Royals, according to Zach Stolof of NESN.com, have long coveted Lester and could overlook a bad season.
The question is: would Lester do better or worse in KC? Furthermore, trading Lester to the Royals for a prospect, albeit a top prospect, isn't going to solve any problems for the Red Sox this season.
There are two other teams that could be significantly better fits for Lester and could offer the Red Sox something back for use this season.
First, the Cleveland Indians are an obvious choice. While there are no rumors surrounding Lester and Cleveland, the fact that he would be reacquainted with Terry Francona, his manager in Boston for most of his career, could provide a positive boost.
In a report by CBS Sports' Danny Knobler, the Indians are willing to listen to offers for outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. However, they would want front-of-the-line pitching in return.
It feels like a no-brainer. The Red Sox need an outfielder, if only for a year with Choo, and are still looking for a replacement for Nomar Garciaparra at short.
Another choice for Lester might be the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. For all intents and purposes, it appears that the Dodgers are going to overspend for Zack Greinke, taking the gold medal off of the free agent market.
The Angels, once wealthy with pitching, have traded away Ervin Santana and allowed Dan Haren to walk, and they're now on the cusp of losing Greinke.
In other words, they need some help.
The Red Sox need a first baseman. The Angels have Kendry Morales just backing up Albert Pujols and playing DH. That would seem like another easy trade to be made.