There’s a “very good chance” the Red Sox trade Lackey and Lester

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The Red Sox are almost certain to trade Jon Lester. We’ve heard that the Red Sox may also consider trading John Lackey. But Ken Rosenthal just tweeted something that could turn this into a blockbuster:

That totally depends on whether “along with” means “as a package deal” or “trade them both, but to separate teams.”

Anyone getting both of those guys as immediately and dramatically improved their club. The Red Sox moving both of those guys — one of the best pitchers in the AL along with a guy who will be paid so little next season compared to his more-than-decent production — would justify a tremendous haul. Of course, even if it’s in separate deals, trading both of these guys would constitute a pretty major Boston overhaul.

UPDATE: Rosenthal clarifies:

OK, still fun.

Astros release Jon Singleton

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The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.

If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.