The day after you trade away your best outfielder and are rumored to be trading your next-best, and two days after you trade away your starting second baseman, well, that’s a weird day for it to be reported that you’re talking to a top free agent. But the Braves are:
The Braves have a meeting with Jon Lester this week.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 18, 2014
Lester lives in Atlanta in the offseason so you can either look at this as “hey, maybe he wants to play close to home,” or “hey, it doesn’t even cost a plane ticket to set up a meeting, so why not make it look like I’m in even greater demand than I already am.” But given where the Braves are — apparently punting 2015 and 2016 for 2017 — and given that they’re on record saying they don’t want to spend top dollar on free agents this winter, it’s hard to make much out of this.