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The Pirates would be responsible for a little more than $4 million for Lester, who immediately would become their best pitcher.
Jon Lester likely remains Pirates’ top target, while controllable years and salaries dominate any talks.
Pedro Alvarez was out of Wednesday’s starting lineup, but his replacement, Josh Harrison, kept his hot streak going.
Francisco Liriano dealt like a top-of-the-rotation ace Tuesday night, striking out 11 in a 3-1 win against the San Francisco Giants.
The loss closed the series out at 2-1, and gives the Pirates a 57-50 record.
The Pirates emerged as a candidate to acquire Boston ace Jon Lester, but he'd cost something the team has proven to covet -- top prospects.
Former Pirates second-round draft pick Stetson Allie has converted from pitching hard off the mound to hitting the ball far and hard.
Left fielder Starling Marte likely isn’t ready to return to the Pirates lineup just yet, and a Class AAA rehab start could be in the cards.
“He had command of all his pitches ... and really kept a very good rhythm,” said manager Clint Hurdle.
With the trading deadline nigh, will the Pirates make a move? Bill has the answers in his weekly chat.