Not so fast on the Cardinals’ reported interest in Jon Lester

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Earlier this week Peter Gammons reported that the Cardinals planned to bring in free agent left-hander Jon Lester for a visit, but now that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that the Cardinals “had no plans to bring Lester to St. Louis for a visit” and “their interest in the lefty appears as much opportunistic as enthusiastic.”

In other words, if for some reason his price tag doesn’t rise as high as nearly everyone expects the Cardinals may try to jump in and steal Lester at a discount. So don’t count on it, especially with Carlos Martinez waiting in the wings to step into the rotation.