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Storylines: Boston dangling Jon Lester

The Red Sox are exploring a trade to bring in OF Matt Kemp.

Storylines: Boston dangling Jon Lester
The Boston Red Sox are exploring a blockbuster trade that would send All-Star Jon Lester to the Los Angeles Dodgers for superstar outfielder Matt Kemp. (Photo credit: Winslow Townson-USATS)
July 27, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Sunday, July 27th.

Top Stories

  • Gordon Edes of reported that according to a club source the Red Sox are considering a trade with the Dodgers that would send Jon Lester to Los Angeles, and Matt Kemp to Boston.

Tribe News

  • After Francisco Lindor's two homerun performance for Triple-A Columbus, Terry Francona told reporters that there have been no discussions about Lindor making his Cleveland debut this season. Francona did also say that Lindor is on a fast track and that he believes he is mature enough to handle anything.
  • Michael Bourn rode the stationary bike on Sunday, but there is still no timetable for his return from the DL for a hamstring injury.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall sat out his second consecutive game on Sunday due to what Francona noted as "intestinal turmoil".

Others News and Notes

  • Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted that while he remains a backup plan, the Mariners are still intrigued by the idea of trading for Matt Kemp.
  • At least four teams have shown interest in trading for Rangers outfielder Alex Rios, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Those four clubs are the Mariners, Giants, Reds, and Yankees.
  • Gordon Edes said that the Royals have been watching Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes all week, as they search for a right-handed power bat.
  • According to Jon Heyman of, the Yankees are looking at Twins outfielder Josh Willingham and several other possible additions to their lineup.
  • Walter Villa of Baseball America wrote that Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo impressed scouts in his workout over the weekend. Villa said that scouts from 28 teams (including the Indians) watched Castillo's workout.
  • Alex Speier of reported that Boston first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp has confirmed to reporters that he has requested a trade.
  • Multiple reports have stated that the Red Sox are willing to move lefty reliever Andrew Miller, and both the Pirates and Braves are showing interest.
  • According to's Thomas Harding, the Pirates are also interest in Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins.
  • Jim Bowden of ESPN tweeted that Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow reiterated that the club will not deal closer Chad Qualls.
  • The Blue Jays have designated pitcher Esmil Rogers for assignment. In a corresponding move, Toronto activated outfielder Nolan Reimold from the disabled list.

User Comments

July 28, 2014 - 12:03 PM EDT
If I am the Tribe a want a Jake Peavy type return (the Red Sox got a LHSP prospect and a RHRP). Two higher level prospects (top 10 from the team) that are close to big league ready or a cpl younger players that have already made big league debuts.

If I could work a deal for an extra comp. pk and a pair of qlty prospects (top 20) that would be my first route, unless someone offered a big league arm.
July 28, 2014 - 10:55 AM EDT
@Homer.. I like the idea of the Competitive Balance pick as a return for any deal involving Asdrubal. If the team Asdrubal is sent to doesn't have one, then a second player or a better only one player should be part of the return.

The statement "..they aren't contenders.." is inaccurate. I'll leave it at that..

With respect to who they could realistically make a trade with, here are two teams that I like for a deal:

1. SF Giants: Sabean is a master trader. He fills the needs of his club at the trading deadline like no other. The Giants are a wealthy club with a HUGE market and the kind of future players/prospects that would interest the Indians. If Sabean's target is Asdrubal, then a return of Adalberto Mejia or Joan Gregorio would be sweet... Doubt these two guys are let go for two months of Asdrubal, though..but I can dream..

2. Toronto Blue Jays: This is a team the Indians have a strong history with as it relates to transactions. The Blue Jays minor league system has been picked over pretty good, but there are a few guys that would be of significant interest and possible in a trade for Asdrubal. The three names that come to mind are Matt Smoral (the local kid from Solon), Chase De Jong, and very raw Miguel Castro.. I'd love to see two of these three.. but wouldn't be too terribly upset with any one of them..

I like the Blue Jays best as a trading partner.. I think Asdrubal would flourish on the field turf and would bring a fine addition to the Indians going forward...
July 28, 2014 - 9:22 AM EDT
Per Rosenthal on Twitter... The Jays are keeping an eye on ACab.
July 28, 2014 - 9:21 AM EDT
Re: ACab

I'm not sure which teams want a MIF, but a few others with interest might be the Yankees, Marlins, Cards, Reds, A's, Mariners and Giants.

The Marlins and Cards own a 1st rd competitive balance lottery pk. The Reds, A's and Mariners all hold a 2nd rd comp. balance pk.

That's a nice trade chip for those clubs, you want ACab...I want your comp. pk and a SP prospect. Some speculation the Tribe want SP in return in any trade for ACab IF they move him before August waiver trade deadline. IMO, they should move him, he's gone regardless, they aren't contenders, IMHO. What's the point in keeping him? There's value in moving him now.

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