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Red Sox have a fallback plan for Wednesday’s start in case Jon Lester is traded

Jul 29, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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Maybe this happens all the time and we just don’t hear about it, but Red Sox manager John Farrell admitted just now that the team has Brandon Workman lined up to start Wednesday’s game in case scheduled starter Jon Lester is traded before then.

When combined with today’s rumors that the odds of the Red Sox trading Lester have increased … well, there’s suddenly quite a bit of smoke behind the impending free agent possibly being on the move.

Workman was in the Red Sox’s rotation for most of the season, but got demoted to Triple-A two weeks ago. He tossed six innings of one-run ball there Thursday.

  1. twalton95 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    There is no way Lester is making his start tomorrow, it would be more appealing to any potential suitor if they could use him right away rather than waiting 5 extra days.

  2. 18thstreet - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Part of this has to be gamesmanship. (If so, I approve.) It makes the teams to which Lester might be traded think a deal in imminent, so they might have to up their offer.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Actually, I think that Farrell just waived a white flag.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        You don’t need to make such an announcement when the team is 10 games under .500 at the trading deadline.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    That is good news. The Jays would rather face Workman.

  4. gothapotamus90210 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    At first, I thought they reversed a pic of Lester to make him right handed.

  5. Caught Looking - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    They are already 11 games back in the division. You need a plan to fall back further?

  6. irishlad19 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Good negotiating ploy, as another poster said–get the bidders excited.
    He’s gone!

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