Red Sox owner John Henry flew to Atlanta on Friday to meet with Jon Lester at his offseason home. They’re all in on the free agent left-hander, hoping to lure him back to Boston and away from the other serious suitors like the Dodgers, Giants, and Cubs.
If it doesn’t work out — and we should find out Lester’s destination at some point during this week’s Winter Meetings — the Red Sox will likely move along to the other top starter in this market. More from Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald …
The Red Sox, who continue to put on a full-court press to sign Lester, might nevertheless be shut out, which will force them to come up with an alternative.
The first name that is going to stare them in the face and that they will begin to explore more aggressively than they already have, along with at least 10 other teams, is free agent Max Scherzer.
Besides the Red Sox, the teams who are expected to take a long, serious look at the right-hander are the Yankees, Dodgers, Nationals, Tigers, Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox, Giants and Blue Jays, according to industry insiders reached yesterday.
Scherzer, a Scott Boras client, is a bit younger than Lester and will probably command a slightly bigger contract. The righty is expected to wait until the tail end of the offseason to settle on a team.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.