Some might argue “Plan A” never really included Lester, and once that lowball offer was made in Spring Training, Lester was all but a goner.
But the bottom line is Boston has two vacancies to fill at the front of their rotation. One of the top arms on the market is off the boards, and now, things could really cost the franchise going forward.
It’s unlikely Boston will enter the Max Scherzer race, with many teams ready to back trucks full of money onto the righty’s front yard. There are still some serviceable free agent starters left out there, like James Shields and Ervin Santana, but neither of them fit the mold of a true ace.
If it’s an ace the Sox want (and it’s an ace the Sox need), Ben Cherington is going to have to secure one via trade. And that will cost them a small fortune in terms of their prospects "
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