The Braves have been mentioned as a potential destination for free agent left-hander Jon Lester, in part because of Atlanta’s proximity to his home in Peachtree City, Georgia. However, that scenario appears increasingly unlikely.
The Braves shed some salary when they dealt Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to the Cardinals last month and they could shed even more if they trade Justin Upton, but it appears that they are getting priced out of the mix. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs have offered $138 million over six years while the Red Sox are willing to go to at least $130 million. Lester met with the Giants today, but it’s not clear where they stand.