Pirates in on Jon Lester?

The Pirates are slugging it out in a tough race in the National League Central, and they may be working on adding an All-Star to their rotation. Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that the Pirates are emerging on the periphery of the talks to acquire Jon Lester from Boston.

Several teams have been linked to Lester in the last few weeks, and the southpaw is thriving with a 10-7 record and a 2.52 ERA for the Red Sox this season. Lester, who can be a free agent after the season, has said that he’d consider going back to Boston even if he’s traded.

The Pirates should have Gerritt Cole returning from the disabled list in August, so adding Lester could really give the team an additional boost. Lester could cost Pittsburgh heavy-hitting prospect Josh Bell, a former second-round draftee who was recently promoted to Double-A.

— Spencer Fordin

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