According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, there are still six teams in the mix for Jon Lester. The contenders are the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays.
Boston's manager John Farrell has decided to scratch Lester from his scheduled start for Wednesday night, according to ESPN Boston. Instead Brandon Workman will get the nod for the Red Sox.
"I think in light of all the uncertainty surrounding John Lester, it's probably in everyone's best interest that he not make that start so Brandon will be recalled," said Farrell.
Jon Lester has suddenly become the most talked-about pitcher on the trade market.
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, "There's a growing expectation from rival execs that Lester is going to be traded before the deadline." Olney adds that the Los Angeles Dodgers "are viewed as [the] likely landing spot" for the reigning World Series champion's ace.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports notes that the Seattle Mariners have checked in on the starter, while Jon Morosi of Fox Sports also puts the Baltimore Orioles in the mix.
Back in Boston, designated hitter David Ortiz definitely doesn't want to see Lester moved.
"Hopefully it doesn't happen. Lester is one of the best pitchers in the game and that's a keeper," said Ortiz, via Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.
Another executive suggested to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that the Dodgers could deal prospect Joc Pederson to the Red Sox in exchange for the left-hander. Of course, Pederson isn't the only outfielder who Boston could be targeting.