Peter Gammons on D&C: Dodgers no longer in on Jon Lester

July 31, 2014 - 5:27 am
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Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons appeared on Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss Jon Lester'€™s potential departure and other trade rumors surrounding the Red Sox. To listen to the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Multiple teams have been linked to Lester over the past week, with Jon Morosi stating on Fox Sports 1 Tuesday night that the Dodgers, Pirates and Cardinals were finalists in the bidding for Lester'€™s services. However, Gammons said that the Dodgers are unwilling to part with some of their top-tier prospects and thus€“ are out of the running to acquire Lester. "€œScratch the Dodgers off that list. They're not in on it," Gammons said, adding: "I know this, the Dodgers have the three guys. They have a left-handed pitcher who I think is the best prospect in baseball, Julio Urias, and Joc Pederson and Corey Seager. They'€™re not trading any of them. The Phillies wanted three, the Rays wanted two and the Red Sox wanted one and they wouldn't trade any of them." While it'€™s unlikely that the Red Sox will acquire a top prospect such as Urias or Pederson for Lester, Gammons said that Boston could still get a good return for its ace. "€œI think more likely it'€™s one '€œA'€ prospect, like a Steven Piscotty, right fielder of the Cardinals, or Josh Bell of the Pirates, and one really good young prospect," Gammons said. "I don'€™t think it would be much more than that." Added Gammons: "€œI don'€™t think you'€™re going to see the Cardinals trade any of their one or two top guys, but Piscotty is a right fielder and he'€™s got a lot of power, and right-handed power is rare." Another team that has been linked to Lester is the Athletics, who possess the best record in baseball. While adding Lester to an already impressive Oakland rotation could put Billy Beane'€™s club over the top, Gammons said that the A's have few chips to offer Boston thanks to a depleted farm system. "As you know, their farm system is really tapped out,"€ Gammons said. "€œThey traded their two best guys to get [Jeff] Samardzija and [Jason] Hammel. ... I can'€™t see anyone other than [Yoenis] Cespedes being someone that the Red Sox would take, because their farm system is so empty at this point." With Lester'€™s days with the Red Sox likely coming to a close, Gammons acknowledged that he is not sure what Boston'€™s master plan is going forward into next season. "€œI have no idea where this is all going,"€ Gammons said, continuing: "€œI really have no idea where the Red Sox are going to replace Lester and rebuild that rotation around all of the young guys they'€™re going to bring it. ... It'€™s one of those ongoing things that we don'€™t know, with the sidebar that next April, when they go to Yankee Stadium, are they going to be looking at Lester and [Jacoby] Ellsbury in Yankee uniforms." Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox. On whether John Lackey will be traded: "€œI think that the problem there is, and somebody from the Marlins said to me last night, '€˜Look, the problem is that how happy is John Lackey going to be to pitch in Miami in front of 8,000 people for $500,000?'€™ I don'€™t think a team like the Marlins, which has a great farm system, is going to trade for Lackey and give him $15 million next season. ... I think that'€™s a dangerous contract to take on if you'€™re another team, and trade somebody pretty decent for him." On the number of Red Sox players Gammons expects to be traded by Thursday'€™s 4 p.m. deadline: "€œI think three. I think Andrew Miller goes, I think Lester goes and I think they'€™ll trade one of Gomes or somebody like that as well. I think Miller will bring them a pretty decent price between Washington, Detroit. There are so many teams."