Orioles Pursuing Jon Lester

The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly close to a deal for Jon Lester, according to Pete Abraham in Boston and Brittany Ghiroli in Baltimore.

The Orioles were mentioned yesterday as a team that was interested in Lester, but we haven’t heard much about them today until now. As both Abraham and Ghiroli mentioned, the deal isn’t done yet. It does look like we’re close to a Lester deal.

UPDATE 3:20 PM: Meanwhile, Joel Sherman says that he’s hearing nothing is close.

So now the fun starts.

UPDATE 3:22 PM: Jim Bowden also says that the Red Sox are still talking to several teams.

UPDATE 3:24 PM: Add Ken Rosenthal to the list who says it isn’t close.

UPDATE 3:28 PM: Jon Heyman also says they’re not close, and adds something that has been a common theme today.

UPDATE 4:28 PM: Nick Cafardo from The Boston Globe says the Red Sox have an asking price for Lester, one Major League player and prospects

UPDATE 4:47 PM: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says that he’s hearing from some that the deal won’t happen at all.

So to recap, we went from the deal being close, to an immediate onslaught of reports that the Orioles are talking with the Red Sox, but nothing is close, then to the Orioles possibly being out.

  • Kenny Moore
    July 30, 2014 4:55 pm

    Let’s make a trade with the Red Sox for Andrew Miller, call up Kingham and if we make the playoffs GREAT but if not we still have all our top prospects.

  • Simon Weaver
    July 30, 2014 4:13 pm

    How are the Pirates even talking about a move like this when “Six years 145 Million” is being thrown around Lester. Like turn your brain on. Throw in Miller, Throw in Miller. You won’t resign him either. Lose Josh Bell for that. You are an ignoramus.

    • Wouldn’t we make a QO to Lester? Surely, that’d get us back a draft pick. That probably factors into the cost. Personally, I’d love Lester, but not at he cost of Bell, Glasnow, or Hanson.

  • Scott Kliesen
    July 30, 2014 3:46 pm

    The tree truths about lying: 1.) anything out of a politicians mouth while running for office is a lie. 2.) anything out of an NFL GM’s mouth leading up to the draft is a lie. 3.) anything said by a MLB GM leading up to the trade deadline is a lie.

  • Well, we don’t need Price. He’s useless against the Brewers.

    • I don’t see Price getting traded now…especially after they started him today. I just don’t see the Rays making a deal for him.

  • sammykhalifa
    July 30, 2014 3:38 pm

    This offseason, the Red Sox petition the MLB to change the unfair rules that don’t force teams to give Boston whatever they want in trades.

    • Used to be known as the “Los Angeles Lakers rule”, and was only thought to be applied to NBA teams.

      • sammykhalifa
        July 30, 2014 3:43 pm

        Well it’s just not right that things don’t always happen the way the Red Sox want them to happen.

  • This goes against John Heyman’s report today that the O’s are out of the running, and have no interest in parting with their young pitchers for what they describe as a “56 game rental”.

    • With the Red Sox asking for “Gausman or Dylan Bundy” I assume the Orioles would just laugh.

      • I wonder if the Red Sox released this info to try to pump up the market? Why would we be hearing that a team that has said “definitely no” is now “close to a deal”? Unless the Red Sox suddenly lowered their asking price.

        • I just do not understand the continued “Boston asked for this top 20 prospect for Lester”…when every single team is continuing to say “no”…IF the Red Sox get a top 50 prospect for 50+ games of Lester they will be lucky. They LOVE Bell…so IF we send them Josh Bell then they need to include Miller.

  • Red Sox want Gausman.