Lester off market, Marlins search continues

MIAMI — Scratch Jon Lester’s name off the board. So that leaves, John Lackey, Wade Miley, Tommy Milone and John Danks as names connected to the Marlins.

Actually, you can also scratch Milone off the list. To show how quickly news cam break, the A’s moved the lefty to the Twins for Sam Fuld not long after Lester was traded.

The clock is ticking towards Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Miami is expected to be active. But can the front office complete a deal?

The big splash of the morning came with reports that the Red Sox had sent Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes.

The Red Sox have been looking for big league ready outfielders, and they got one in Cespedes. Which explains why, from the Marlins, they were eyeing Christian Yelich.

Miami has no interest in moving any core players off its 25-man roster. So there wasn’t a fit for Lester.

The search is for a starting pitcher with controllable years.

Danks, the 29-year-old lefty, is signed through 2016 at $14,250 million per season. Would the Marlins take on all the salary, or expect the White Sox to pick up a big part of the deal?

Miami does have a trade chip in the fact they possess a competitive balance pici in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

Boston also is probably leaning heavily towards moving Lackey, who has a favorable contract for 2015 (league minimum). That said, the Red Sox are seeking to return to glory in 2015 and they are asking for big pieces. But perhaps a close to big league ready pitching prospect could complete a deal?

If Miami is to make a statement and a push, it will need some more pieces. An experienced starting pitcher would send a strong signal to a re-energized roster.

Joe Frisaro

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