In case rumor fatigue hasn’t set in yet, I give you this from Gammons (courtesy SOSH):
There are diverse thoughts within the Boston organization on Jon Lester’s ceiling. Ask John Farrell, whose voice carries a great deal of power, and he’ll argue that Lester can be a No. 2 starter and win 15-18 games next season. So that’s why Theo Epstein told Bill Smith this weekend that, OK, Minnesota can have Jacoby Ellsbury in a Johan Santana deal, but not Ellsbury and Lester.
Farrell has a lot of trust built up within the organization — rightly so, I’d say, considering how he handled the staff last season. If Lester is indeed a 15-18-game winner next year, though, I’d be surprised.