Red Sox Dudley Do-Right John Farrell put his own version of the kiss of death on Jon Lester.
What did the Sox manager say and how did he say it?
First, he thinks the remainder of the team propositions are “interesting.” That puts Lester on a less than top priority status.
Second, Farrell is looking for ways to go through this offseason. He means the sooner some other team signs Lester, the easier it will be for the Sox.
Third, he has complete trust in GM Ben Cherington. It’s like the Godfather relying upon the murderous abilities of his hired assassin to find the right cement overshoes.
Fourth, he sees work that needs to be done. That means they are looking at options other than Lester.
Fifth, Farrell believes the Sox are doing what needs to be done to bring Lester back, but other teams have great interest in him and “deservedly so.”
Sixth, there are plenty of other options available to the Sox—and Lester is a mere bagatelle.
If you haven’t reached the uh-oh moment yet, you never will. Lester is moving away from Boston faster than an Andromeda galaxy.