Jon Lester updates: With talks unlikely, likelihood of trade growing (but not one involving Matt Kemp)

Rob Bradford
July 28, 2014 - 4:04 pm

According to multiple major league sources, it looks as though the Red Sox' decision whether or not to trade Jon Lester most likely will be made close to the 4 p.m. July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, with the likelihood of a deal gaining momentum. The sources paint the picture of multiple options being talked about throughout baseball, with Lester's name being surfaced by myriad clubs. According to Fox Sports, interested teams include the Mariners and Orioles.

Per one source, the chances of the Red Sox re-engaging in talks with Lester's representatives prior to the deadline aren't likely. With that in mind, and the Sox still not approaching Lester with an offer in line with the current market value, the chances of the lefty being dealt seem to be increasing. As for the rumors circulating around Matt Kemp, a source confirms that the Red Sox are not looking to trade for the Dodgers outfielder at the moment.