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31 Jon Lester SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 1/7/1984 | Birthplace: Tacoma, WA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Oakland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $11,625,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/86 | Average Draft Position: 95.54
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Jon Lester set to start Saturday against Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:31 pm ET) What was speculated has been confirmed - newly acquired left-hander Jon Lester will make his Athletics debut Saturday against Kansas City.

Lester will seek to maintain the momentum gained with Boston. He has surrendered two or fewer runs in each of his last eight starts and will now pitch his home games in a far more friendly park for hurlers.


Athletics acquire Jon Lester for Yoenis Cespedes


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Athletics have acquired the premiere starting pitcher on the trade market ahead of Thursday's deadline, as CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed a trade involving Jon Lester moving to Oakland in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes.

WEEI.com reported the details of the deal first, which will likely also involves the Red Sox sending outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Athletics as well. The Red Sox will also receive a competitive balance draft pick, while the A's will receive cash from the Red Sox, according to Yahoo.com.


Heyman: Athletics appear to have deal for Lester


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) According to numerous media reports, the Red Sox have agreed to a trade of pitcher Jon Lester Thursday morning, and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports it appears the Athletics are considered the most likely outcome.

Further details are not yet known, but will surely come in shortly. 


Report: Cardinals, Pirates leading charge for Jon Lester


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Cardinals and Pirates are "pushing hardest" for Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, though the Dodgers are still involved as well, FOXSports.com reports.

The Dodgers aren't going to part with one of their top prospects in a deal for Lester, who is set to become a free agent, and the Red Sox seem likely to pick up a better youngster from either of the NL Central contenders as a result. Lester is likely to be moved before Thursday's trade deadline.


Jon Lester's situation is 'status quo' for time being


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell said he is treating Jon Lester's situation as "status quo," according to WEEI.com. Lester is scheduled to throw a bullpen Friday and slated to start Sunday against the Yankees.

Lester was scratched from his start Wednesday against the Blue Jays as he is being mentioned heavily in trade rumors and could be dealt before Thursday's non-waiver deadline.


Report: Orioles nearing deal to snag Jon Lester


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Orioles are closing in on completing a deal that would send them Red Sox ace Jon Lester, per the Boston Globe. Other sources are reporting, however, that the teams are not that close.

Among the players Boston is rumored to be receiving in return is established Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez.

Lester has forged his finest season and is on a tremendous run. He owns a 10-7 record with a 2.52 ERA that would be easily the best of his career if he maintains it the rest of the year. He has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last eight starts and has 149 strikeouts in 143 innings pitched.

The Orioles are in first place in the American League East and would likely be considered the favorite to win the division if they land Lester.


Report: Six teams in mix for Jon Lester


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Cardinals, Dodgers, Pirates, Blue Jays, Orioles and Athletics are all still in the mix to acquire Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, ESPNBoston.com reports. FOXSports.com reported earlier Tuesday that the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates were all still involved.

Lester was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday as the Red Sox continue to pursue a trade. He may not bring back as much as the team would hope, since he's just months away from becoming a free agent. On the other hand, competition between multiple teams for a single player could mean a favorable deal rises to the top for the Red Sox. Lester owns a 2.52 ERA and 149:32 K:BB ratio in 143 innings.


Jon Lester scratched Wednesday, Brandon Workman to start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start, the Springfield Republican reports.

Lester's name has been involved in trade talks as the deadline nears, and the Red Sox have decided to hold him out Wednesday, which will avoid the chance he's injured while also leave him available to pitch for a new team if he is traded. Brandon Workman will take Lester's scheduled start Wednesday.


Brandon Workman is Plan B for Jon Lester's Wednesday start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Red Sox have a plan in place to use Brandon Workman as Wednesday's starter if Jon Lester is scratched due to ongoing trade talks, MLB.com reports.

"Although there's a lot of rumor and talk with his name attached to it, right now he's scheduled to start tomorrow night," manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "We have a contingency plan, sure. If Jon is traded by this time tomorrow [4 p.m.], Brandon Workman will start."

Lester has been a hot name in trade rumors this month, with the Red Sox out of the playoff race and the pitcher due to become a free agent this offseason.


Report: Pirates a team emerging in trade talks for Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Pirates are emerging as a dark-horse candidate to acquire Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, major-league sources told Yahoo! Sports. 

The Red Sox are targeting multiple high-end prospects in exchange for Lester. The Pirates have a deep farm system and outfield prospect Josh Bell is one name at the center of the trade talks.


Report: Brewers among teams interested in Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Brewers are among several teams trying to trade for Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Orioles are among other teams reported to have inquired about Lester.

Two AL teams checking in on Jon Lester


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Orioles and the Mariners are among the American League teams that have inquired about Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, according to FOX Sports on Monday.

Lester is a native of Tacoma, Wa. and may welcome a homecoming to Seattle. The Dodgers have also become a possible destination for the 30-year-old. In 21 starts, the left-hander is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 143 innings of work. His final start with the Red Sox could come Wednesday against Toronto.

Report: Baseball execs anticipating trade of Jon Lester


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Rival executives are expecting the Red Sox to trade ace Jon Lester before the deadline, according to ESPN, which is further reporting that the most likely destination is the Dodgers.

The defending World Series champions have all but fallen out of playoff contention. The value of Lester has arguably never been higher. He not only owns a 10-7 record and career-best 2.52 ERA, but he has also won his last four decisions and allowed a mere seven runs in his last 58 2/3 innings.


Source: Boston considering Jon Lester-for-Matt Kemp trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) The Red Sox are considering making a trade for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, a team source told ESPN. If the Red Sox pursue a trade for Kemp, then a key piece in the deal going to Los Angeles would likely be starting pitcher Jon Lester.

"If he's healthy," one top talent evaluator said of Kemp, "he would absolutely destroy that ballpark [Fenway Park]."


Jon Lester wouldn't be 'surprised' if Boston trades him


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Following Friday's start against the Rays, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester told reporters that he wouldn't be surprised if he was traded before the trade deadline, but still remains open to returning next season, MassLive.com reports.

"I don't think anything, especially in Boston, can surprise you," Lester said. "We all understand where we’re at, we understand it's a business. And (general manager Ben Cherington) and ownership have to do what's right for this organization and if that means whoever it may be is traded for prospects or other guys or whatever, that's just part of the business. We all understand it."

Lester's deal expires at the end of the season. In 21 starts, the left-hander is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 143 innings of work. His next start will come Wednesday at home against Toronto.

Jon Lester doesn't factor into the decision Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester turned in a solid start Friday against the Rays.

Lester allowed two runs on six hits over six innings of work. He struck out seven and walked one. Lester was strong early on, tossing four scoreless innings to open the game. Desmond Jennings was the first to strike against Lester, belting a two-run shot in the fifth inning. Lester was able to get through a scoreless sixth inning before he was removed from the game. He threw 110 pitches during the start.

The Rays were able to tie things up later in the game, giving Lester the no-decision. His next start will come against the Blue Jays.


Jon Lester contract talks put off until after the season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Red Sox and pitcher Jon Lester won't have further discussions about a contract extension until after the season, reports the Boston Herald. Team owner John Henry sent this email to the paper:

"I’m not going to discuss Jon’s situation out of respect for both Jon and (general manager) Ben (Cherington) other than to say that both sides have put further discussion off until after the season. It’s clear that both Jon and our organization would like to see Jon back next year if possible."

Lester, whose deal expires at season's end, said earlier he didn't want his contract talks to become a distraction for the team. He's 10-7 with a 2.50 ERA in 20 starts.


Jon Lester too much for slumping Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Jon Lester showed his all-star form Sunday as the Red Sox completed a sweep of Kansas City. He gave up just four hits and two walks while fanning eight in eight innings to breeze to his 10th victory of the season.

Lester retired eight in a row at one point and has surrendered just one run in his last 31 innings pitched. He is set to start again Friday in Tampa Bay against fellow ace David Price.


Jon Lester surrenders two runs Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester allowed two runs during the All-Star Game Tuesday.

After getting Giancarlo Stanton to pop out for the first out of the inning, Lester proceeded to allow three straight hits. Aramis Ramirez singled, to start things off, and was driven in by a Chase Utley double. Utley was then driven in on a Jonathan Lucroy double. Lester then incuded a popout and a fly out to get out of the inning. 


Jon Lester 'thrown off' by in-season contract talks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester said he was "thrown off" by the team's attempt to rekindle extension talks during the season, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

"Since Day One I was told [not negotiating in season] was the policy," Lester said. "The way I think is pretty black and white. They tell me one thing, and we're hell-bent on that [so to change gears] throws me off."

The Red Sox were reportedly ready to bump the initial offer of four years and $70 million to five years and around $100 million, according to the report, though an offer wasn't officially presented to Lester.

"We never received a [new] offer," he said. "The conversation had picked up. But there never was an offer thrown out there."

Lester, who is scheduled to become a free agent after this season, has delivered excellent numbers in the face of uncertainty, going 9-7 with a 2.65 ERA and 134:29 K:BB ratio in 129 innings.


Red Sox announce rotation plans for start of second half


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Red Sox announced Clay Buchholz will be on the mound for the team's second-half opener Friday vs. Kansas City. He will be followed in the three-game series by Rubby De La Rosa and Jon Lester.

John Lackey will then open a series at Toronto July 21. He will be followed by Jake Peavy before the rotation resets.

It appears for the time being that Brandon Workman will remain in the minors. He was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday in order to clear a roster spot for De La Rosa.


Jon Lester Ks 12 in no-decision vs. White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester was unable to factor into the decision Thursday afternoon against the White Sox. The right-hander yielded one run on seven hits and no walks while striking out 12 over seven innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 23 innings, Lester has allowed only one earned run. He owns a 2.65 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 19 starts (129 innings). It remains to be seen when he'll make his next start after the All-Star break.

American League starters revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was voted as a starter, but Royals catcher Salvador Perez will take his place behind the plate for the game. Other injured players will likely be replaced on the roster moving forward.

The following players were selected as starters by the fans:

OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (leading vote-getter)
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Adam Jones, Orioles
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
C Matt Wieters, Orioles
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles

RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
LHP Jon Lester, Red Sox
LHP David Price, Rays
LHP Scott Kazmir, Athletics
LHP Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
LHP Sean Doolittle, Athletics
RHP Greg Holland, Royals
LHP Glen Perkins, Twins
RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees


Jon Lester shows great command


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester threw 118 pitches Saturday against the Tigers, including 83 strikes. That was his highest total since he fired 83 strikes, also against the Tigers, on May 30, 2012.

"I felt good,” Lester told WEEI.com. "Fastball command has been pretty good, I feel like I’ve gotten the consistency back with my cutter, which has been helpful at times – just getting in on rightys. All in all, I was just moving the ball around pretty well and keeping it down – keeping the ball on the ground."


Hard-luck Jon Lester saddled with no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Just one more inning and one less error and Red Sox ace Jon Lester would have had his 10th win. As it was, he performed quite well against the visiting Orioles in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

Lester gave up two unearned runs on just five hits in eight innings with no walks and seven strikeouts, but took a no-decision as his offense couldn't break a 2-2 tie until the bottom of the ninth. His shutout pitching was ruined by an error in the third inning that allowed both runs to score.

He will hope for better luck Thursday against the White Sox.