Report: Sox discuss Lester-for-Royals top prospect trade

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Report: Sox discuss Lester-for-Royals top prospect trade

New Red Sox manager John Farrell was brought back to the Red Sox in hopes to fix the Sox pitching staff among other things.

But what if the "ace" of that Sox staff is traded before Farrell even gets a chance?

There's no reason to believe that anything is imminent, but Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes that it's not out of the question that the Royals would trade their top prospect -- and one of baseball's top prospects -- outfielder Wil Myers, for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher like Jon Lester.

Dutton quotes Royals GM Dayton Moore as saying: Were now at a point in time where we have good young players as good as any team in baseball. Now, weve got to do what we can to support them. Do we trade one of them? I dont know. Im not trying to. Id like to use our farm system in a way to support our major-league club now that we have good, young players who are all under control. Now, its time to do everything we can to begin to move forward.

Dutton writes:

Myers was the consensus minor-league player of the year and is already drawing heavy interest from numerous clubs.

While the Royals are reluctant to deal him, it appears doing so could net either James Shields or Lester, each of whom was an All-Star as recently as 2011. The problem: Both are expensive and on track to become free agents in two years.

Both deals have been discussed, but neither appears close at the moment. Other players could be involved, but the basic framework would be Myers for one of the two pitchers. At this point, all sides the Royals, Rays and Red Sox remain hesitant.

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Myers may not be ready to man the outfield this season, but with Jacoby Ellsbury set to become a free agent next season and earn a nine-figure salary, the Red Sox would have their predecessor for a fraction of the cost.

Myers was a third round pick by the Royals in the 2009 Draft. He was listed as the No. 2 "pure best hitter" among high school players entering the 2009 Draft and was ranked No. 19 prospect heading into the 2012 season by MLB.com.

So how did he fare in the 2012 season? Pretty darn good. Myers hit .314 in 134 games (522 at bats), driving in 109 runs and crushing 37 homers. He had an Slugging percentage of .600 and OPS of .987. Myers did, however, strike out 140 times.

Lester is coming off a down year -- 9-14, 4.32 ERA, 1.38 WHIP -- but still looks to be the team's No. 1 starter on Opening Day.

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”