Jul 8, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Andrew Miller (30) pitches during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Finding Tough Trade Talks With Red Sox

The Red Sox are playing hardball.  The prices for pieces will change in the next 28 hours – that’s how long we have until the non-waiver trade deadline – but for the moment, the Boston Red Sox are definitely playing hardball in talks with teams to move their best pitching assets.



Earlier, reporter Bob Nightengale wrote this in his USA Today column:

The asking price for Lester is two Grade A prospects, according to executives involved with the Red Sox talks.



Okay, yeah:  Miller is the best relief pitcher – left- or right-handed – that is known to be available.  Jon Lester is having a Cy Young caliber year.


Now I am a realist:  the price to obtain the services of either of these players should be significant.  But if you make a deal, they’re both only guaranteed to be there with your team for two months.


So does the ranking go – as Nightengale reports – one best prospect for Miller, two for Lester, and three for David Price?  If those are my choices, I’d opt for Price every time:  instead of maybe 11-ish starts for Lester, you’d be in line to get about 43-45 from Price since he’s under control for all of 2015.


So – wow.  Maybe somebody will bite on that formula, but don’t bet on it.  The Braves certainly would like to have Miller – but not at that kind of cost.  So for those suggesting that these trades are “imminent”… nope… not until the Red Sox dial it down quite a bit.  You just can’t cut off the very top of your farm system for a 2 month rental.


No wonder Atlanta is investigating other possibilities.



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