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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Only drama for Red Sox fans: Jon Lester’s future

Alan Greenwood

With the Red Sox slogging through the fog of their second-most forgettable season in a generation (2012 remains rock bottom, at least for the moment), it is no wonder that Jon Lester’s future is the only topic generating much energy.

The trade deadline is Thursday, providing that discussion with a dose of legitimate urgency. ...

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With the Red Sox slogging through the fog of their second-most forgettable season in a generation (2012 remains rock bottom, at least for the moment), it is no wonder that Jon Lester’s future is the only topic generating much energy.

The trade deadline is Thursday, providing that discussion with a dose of legitimate urgency.

Do the Red Sox trade Lester to the highest bidding contender? Should they trade him to another American League East team? Should they end the drama by hauling Lester and his agent into a room and stay there until a new contract is signed?

It says here that the answers to those burning questions are:

Sure, if there is enough talent on the table.

Yes, especially if there is a wink-wink, nod-nod that Lester will get back to them when the free agent signing season opens.

Why should they?

Any team, in any sport, should stand willing to part with any player if the return is sufficiently hefty. For a left-handed pitcher of Lester’s ability, that return should, at the very least, be a couple of top-shelf prospects, or two very solid major veterans.

Lester’s camp proved its smarts when he slyly suggested that he’d keep the Red Sox near the top of his list of potential free agent suitors. It puts the Red Sox in a bit of a squeeze now and a greater one later, if they do trade him then try to get him back.

As for extending his contract immediately, what do the Red Sox have to gain? Peace of mind while lurching along in their quest to avoid two last-place seasons out of three?

Of course, there was a nice little surprise sandwiched in those two slices of awful baseball.

Besides, keeping the Lester saga drag on might actually remind folks that they continue to exist as the Patriots hog the spotlight starting Friday.

BLOWHARD SUSPENDED: Stephen A. Smith, the typically annoying bloviating gas bag on ESPN, took a rap across the knuckles after suggesting last week that men who engage in domestic violence are often lured to brutality by their victims. Smith’s comments came in a discussion of whether Ray Rice should receive more than a two-game suspension by the NFL for assaulting his wife (then his fiance) in a casino bar, then dragging her out of the building, as seen online in a well-circulated video.

ESPN pulled the plug on Stephen A’s microphone for one week. Americans will now have to open their windows to receive his pearls of wisdom from coast to coast.

Smith has offered public apologies. These would ring true were it not for the fact that, as reported by the Washington Post, that he offered similar defenses for Chad Johnson and Floyd Mayweather Jr. when they faced domestic assault charges.

If you missed Smith’s rant, wait a year or two and you’ll get a replay.

FROM UNDER THE HOOD: Bill Belichick is still rounding into form in his press conferences, but he has had a gem or two already.

This one from Monday was a small nugget of those golden moments to come:

Question – How has Darrelle Revis looked so far?

BB: He’s been here a few hours.

That is certainly comforting to know.

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-6427 or agreenwood@nashuatelegraph.com. Also,
follow Greenwood on Twitter (@Telegraph_AlanG).