Jon Lester in the Orange and Black?
Jon Lester finished 4th in the Cy Young voting this year and had a 4.6 WAR between the Bosox and Oakland. However, he also ran out of gas during the play-in game. I will never understand why he was left in ......
Anyhow, the Giants want him.
That's what John Shea of the SF Chronicle is reporting. It sounds like the Giants want another starting pitcher, third baseman and left fielder. Here's part --
With Pablo Sandoval deciding Boston’s $95 million was greener than San Francisco’s $95 million, the Giants have made it clear they’ll use that projected money to try signing an elite free-agent starting pitcher such as Jon Lester — the temporary A’s ace who reportedly will meet with the Giants next week — Max Scherzer or James Shields and/or Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas.
Any of which would require the Giants to do something they haven’t done since forking over a seven-year, $126 million deal to Zito in December 2006, liking that he was “a franchise player,” and a five-year, $60 million deal to Rowand in December 2007, liking that he was “a gamer.”
Those signings notwithstanding, the Giants won three championships with the philosophy of sticking with their own guys, along with those with team-friendly contracts who were found through trades or waiver claims. They spent big money only when one of their own reached or was on the verge of reaching free agency.
Now they’re OK with pursuing big names on the open market, because they feel they have little choice. Their lack of depth in the rotation and outfield didn’t bite them in the World Series but probably won’t work over another six-month journey, especially with so many holes to fill.
Free agents Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Ryan Vogelsong and Sergio Romo could follow Sandoval out the door. But for now, the Giants are thinking bigger. Such as Lester, Scherzer, Shields, Tomas and other higher-end free agents.
Thanks in part to a philosophy change validated to some extent by Sandoval’s departure.