Dan Duquette: Notion of Jon Lester to Orioles 'news to me'

July 30, 2014 - 2:33 pm

While a flurry of rumors suggested this afternoon that the Orioles might be nearing a deal with the Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, the man who would have to pull the trigger for Baltimore downplayed the idea that there might be an imminent deal. '€œI don'€™t know really what the rumors are,'€ Duquette told CSNBaltimore.com. '€œThat would be news to me.'€ Duquette did allow that the O's would have interests in the services of an established ace such as Lester. '€œWe'€™d be interested in adding pitchers that could help us at the top of our rotation. Who wouldn'€™t be?'€ Duquette told the website. But he also noted that the team would be loathe to give up its top young pitching prospects, Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman or Hunter Harvey, considered the three candidates to front a deal for the Orioles for Lester. "Some of the long-term prospects for our pitching we think are very valuable for the long-term sustainability of the organization and I think that'€™s a real important component to have a good team year-in and year-out," said Duquette. "I think with our young pitchers we would be conservative and we would try and give them a prolonged trial in the big leagues before we would trade them.'€