FoxSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi has reported that Red Sox Pitcher Jon Lester was claimed on waivers by an unknown team Friday afternoon. The Red Sox now have 72 hours to decide what they would like to do with Lester and have three options:
1.) Pull Lester back from waivers, and continue with him as a member of the Red Sox
- Despite the fact that a team has claimed the lefty, the Sox are not forced to move him. Many players are claimed off waivers and then pulled back, and this certainly could be a case of just that.
2.) Work Out a Trade
- Of course it was just a week ago that the LA Dodgers claimed both Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett off waivers and the Sox were able to complete the mega-deal less than 24 hours later. The Sox could acquire minor league players that do not have to pass through waivers, as well as any big leaguers that have already passed through (i.e Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins. Not saying this will happen, but nobody claimed Mauer when he was placed on waivers).
3.) Let Lester Go
- The third and final option is usually reserved for players with large contracts that the team simply does not want to pay anymore. The Sox could just let Lester go, and the team that claims him assumes the $11.6 million dollars that he is owed next season. Despite Lester's poor season, it would be shocking to see the Sox let go of the 28 year old while getting nothing in return.
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