The Boston Red Sox want their 2007 World Series-winning pitcher, Jon Lester, back. Just a month ago the Red Sox traded Lester (and utility player Jonny Gomes) to the Oakland A’s for left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. The Sox will want to keep Cespedes, too. Just two weeks after moving to Boston, Cespedes homered deep against the LA Angels. It was a 3-run shot–and Boston expects there’s more where that came from. The Sox might be able to have it both ways, too: Lester is a free agent this winter and Boston manager John Farrell has said he’d “love to see Jon Lester back in a Red Sox uniform.” Lester’s also agreeable, for the record.
Plan B for the Red Sox is Kansas City pitcher James Shields. According to FullCount, “According to those who know him best, he [Shields] might be the best alternative if the Sox miss out on Lester. And if the Red Sox get both Shields and Lester, “the combination of the two would seemingly seal the Red Sox‘ resurgence.”