The Red Sox have reportedly been scouting Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels throughout the season.
Lou Merloni joined Sports Sunday to discuss whether or not the Hamels rumors were an attempt to get Lester and his agent to continue negotiating with the Red Sox.
"I do believe a little bit of that Hamels stuff was to get Jon Lester's camp to sit down at the table with them," said Merloni. "I do think Cherington's doing a little homework saying, 'I got to watch Cole Hamels the rest of this season. I also want to talk to the Philadelphia Phillies to find out what it's going to take. Because if it gets to free agency and I lose Lester, at least I know what it's going to take to get Hamels.'"
"I still think there's going to be another push here to sign Jon Lester."