Jon Lester Trade Rumors: 5 Teams That Can Offer the Best Packages to Boston

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Jon Lester Trade Rumors: 5 Teams That Can Offer the Best Packages to Boston
Lester is signed through 2013 with a team option for 2014. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

In the aftermath of Sunday night's blockbuster deal, Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox has become a top trade target for MLB teams.

But only a few can offer robust packages in return.

Though he's coming off a frustrating year, Lester previously performed brilliantly in the always-competitive AL East. His durability has never been questioned (161 starts since 2008), nor has his courage. The left-hander was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2006, but he returned to the major leagues the next season after chemotherapy and rehab.

The two-time All-Star is owed about $11.6 million next summer, his age-29 season. His contract also includes a $13 million team option for 2014 that can be bought out for $250,000. Lester will be a bargain—even at those eight-figure amounts—if he regains his old form.

The following potential trade partners could provide considerable compensation for his services.

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