Apr 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (31) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
The Boston Red Sox will not trade left-hander Jon Lester this summer, and the club is "engaged on a number of fronts to add starting pitching," most notably Miami Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson and Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, reports Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com:
Despite his disappointing performance, the Red Sox will not trade Lester, a major league source said Wednesday, further reinforcing the team's decision to push for a playoff spot in 2012.
The Red Sox remain engaged on a number of fronts to add starting pitching, most notably with the Miami Marlins for right-hander Josh Johnson and the Chicago Cubs for right-hander Matt Garza.
While the Red Sox are reportedly pursuing starting pitching, Edes says teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, have scouted Boston’s outfielders "extensively." Edes notes that Ryan Kalish, Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ross have all "attracted varying degrees of interest" this summer.
Which available starting pitcher should the Red Sox target?