Update: Sunday, July 27 at 8:13 p.m. ET
A source with the Dodgers says that there are "no major discussions" going on between Los Angeles and Boston, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe tweets.
With the trade deadline closing in, much of what we hear should be taken with a grain of salt.
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Update: Sunday, July 27 at 7:04 p.m. ET
Lester reaffirmed his intention to re-sign with the Red Sox after the season even if he is traded, telling WEEI.com's Alex Speier that it'd be unlikely that he'd consider signing an extension with a new team:
Probably not, just based on the fact that going in, you know nothing about it. I think sometimes you can get blinded by success. Especially you come from here, right now, we’re not playing so good — you get traded to a contender, we’re back on the winning trail, everybody is happy when you’re winning. It’s always roses. You can never see the bad when you’re winning. I wouldn’t say never, but it would have to be ideal — you would have to fall into a perfect, perfect scenario.
But my ultimate goal would be to come back here. That would be, like I said the other day, I know that’s hard to do. I know it doesn’t happen very often. But I understand it. I get it.
Money doesn’t buy you happiness. There’s some guys, that drives them. That’s great. For me, I want to be happy. I want to be comfortable. I want to be in a place that wants me and appreciates what I do.
As for a Lester/Kemp deal, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweets that other pieces would need to be involved as well, with one GM saying "“He (Kemp) doesn’t add much value to any deal for us even at half his salary.” As Rosenthal notes, Kemp is still due roughly $114 million through 2019.
Joc Pederson, Los Angeles' top outfield prospect, would probably not be part of a deal for Lester unless the Dodgers were getting additional prospects back along with the Boston ace, Rosenthal opines.
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Sunday, July 27 at 5:45 p.m. ET
The Red Sox and Dodgers are reportedly discussing a deal that would send Lester to Los Angeles in exchange for Matt Kemp, a club source tells ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes.
While Kemp hasn't put up MVP-worthy numbers lately and has battled injuries for a number of years, a change of scenery might be exactly what he needs to get back on track.
With Lester's recent comments that he'd seriously consider re-signing with Boston even if he were traded, the prospect of still having Lester atop the rotation and Kemp in the middle of the order in 2015 and beyond has to be a scenario that gets Red Sox fans excited.
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Saturday, July 26 at 10:20 a.m. ET
Few things are as convoluted as the tenuous situation between Boston ace Jon Lester, a free agent after the season, and the Red Sox, who delivered an insulting four-year, $70 million extension offer earlier this season.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford has a fantastic breakdown of the ins and outs of the situation, but the gist of it is this: Lester has said that he doesn't want to negotiate a new deal until after the season and, with the Red Sox fading out of the playoff picture, a trade of the 30-year-old southpaw isn't out of the question.
The Springfield Republican's Jason Mastrodonato says that Lester is aware that he could be traded, but that he'd still be open to re-signing with the Red Sox as a free agent after the season if he was.
Despite the fact that he'd be nothing more than a two-month rental, Boston could bring back quite a haul of talent if it was to trade him to a contender. If the club is ready to present Lester with a fair offer after the season, dealing him now could be the best thing for the team's long-term success.