The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.

[0:01:02] ... part of the rotation. And a guy who will not be here Jon Lester will join us up ten minutes in obvious should negate his take his first interview I think. A Boston radio or TV ...
[0:10:07] ... what we can miss and Edwin Jackson but we can still afforded Jon Lester. That in there are not too far away from being a super rich team when their TV contract comes out I was ...
[0:10:54] ... and this past season. It does raise an interesting dynamic because look Mike Napoli is a free agent after this year. So if you keep Allen Craig around and hope for a bounce back year. That's ...
[0:12:39] ... join us a later on the program. Andy for Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester nine member of the Chicago Cubs joins us here. On the AT&T hotline part of the hot stove show a job it's ...






Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.

[0:00:00] ... Andy for Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester nine member of the Chicago Cubs joins us here on the AT&T hotline part of the hot stove show a job it's ...
[0:06:00] ... comfortable that our. We're talking to Kirk cub and former red sock Jon Lester and John Q&A talk show here every night in Boston in it. Most fans keep coming back to last spring training and ...
[0:13:47] ... And this spring training march 30. Red Sox come out with a Cliff Lee deal 51 point he'd take it. I mean these. It cuddle you rob I mean it's one of those deals where. I ...
[0:18:36] ... it through the physical and you know until everybody wants that's physical Justin Duchscherer. You know everything what Lowe did want you know hate we agreed to do whatever with this team and you know two days later something happen and you know your back down and not and so. We tried that we try to go that route but. Obviously I got a quick picks shortly thereafter in the decision that it was gonna get outs on sort of a phone call. And obviously our bench and can Lewis was number one and then. Dustin Pedroia was number two there shortly after and you know if it was it in and then obviously after that that it kind ...






Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.

[0:00:17] ... five years I thought I returned jobs are those that that was Jon Lester area the headline on Yahoo! Sports earlier this week was. To be bananas and that was that the Arizona Diamondbacks wade. Wanted you in the rest of the team to go gluten free and that was part of their plan and that ...
[0:01:37] ... How much did you look at it do you look at what Brandon McCarthy was able to accomplish in making that same transition obviously. You know he was he was tremendous for the Yankees last year ...
[0:02:21] ... yours skill set and pitching at Fenway Park and everything else week Craig Breslow was out. At the winter meetings and you were former teammate of him and when that deal went down it I it's ...
[0:03:50] ... mind a lot of pitchers view the American League east of Tibet Jon Lester when we were going through the merits of Jon Lester is he pitched the American League east so long. And and that was equality and a lot of pitchers can undertake. What ...






The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.

[0:01:02] ... part of the rotation. And a guy who will not be here Jon Lester will join us up ten minutes in obvious should negate his take his first interview I think. On a Boston radio or ...
[0:10:07] ... what we can miss and Edwin Jackson but we can still afforded Jon Lester. That and there are not too far away from being a super rich team when their TV contract comes out it was ...
[0:10:54] ... in this past season. It does raise an interesting dynamic does look Mike Napoli is a free agent after this year. So if you keep Allen Craig around and hope for a bounce back year. That's ...
[0:12:39] ... join us a later on the program. Andy for Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester nine member of the Chicago Cubs joins us here. On the AT&T hotline part of the hot stove show H shot it's ...






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The Red Sox and Cubs evidently aren’t done battling for players this offseason.

The Red Sox and Cubs evidently aren’t done battling for players this offseason.

According to a major league source, free agent catcher David Ross was choosing between the Red Sox, Cubs and Padres as of early Wednesday night. Reliever Craig Breslow is also narrowing his potential landing spots, with his agent having had recent discussions with both the Sox and the Cubs.

Ross, who battled injuries and concussions throughout his two-year tenure with the Red Sox, is valued by Chicago in part due to his relationship with newly-acquired ace Jon Lester. The Sox, however, view the 37-year-old as a good complement to projected starter Christian Vazquez.

The fit with San Diego might have gotten more complicated Wednesday night with the Padres’ acquisition of Ryan Hanigan in their three-way trade that also netted San Diego Wil Myers from Tampa Bay. The Padres also figure to have Tim Federowicz, who comes over from the Dodgers in the swap for Matt Kemp.

Breslow, whose $4 million option wasn’t picked up by the Red Sox following the 2014 season, has seen talks with the Sox intensify over the past few days. The lefty recently attended the winter meetings in an effort to paint the picture of what transpired in a down ’14 campaign.

The odds of the Red Sox signing their other free agent reliever, Burke Badenhop, likely diminished with the team’s trade of former Braves sinkerballer Anthony Varvaro Wednesday.

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The Red Sox have added three new starting pitchers. But that’s not going to stop the Cole Hamels’ conversations.

Cole Hamels. (Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Cole Hamels. (Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

The Red Sox have added three new starting pitchers. But that’s not going to stop the Cole Hamels’ conversations.

Even with the additions of Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson following Jon Lester‘s jump to the Cubs, there is some thought the Red Sox will still be exploring the market for a proven No. 1 starter. There has been whispers of Washington’s Jordan Zimmerman and Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto.

But perhaps the loudest scuttlebutt regarding the possible acquisition of an ace has involved Hamels.

Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino, a former teammate of Hamels with the Phillies, is all for the idea of his team making such a move.

“I’€™ll take Cole Hamels in a heartbeat as one of our starters,” Victorino said by phone. “I know he’€™s been there. I know what kind of guy he is. I know what kind of pitcher he is. When he takes that ball he wants to win. He comes across as this nonchalant guy, or laid back. But when it’€™s time to go, Cole Hamels is one of the most prepared, hard-working guys I’€™ve been around.”

Hamels (who does list the Red Sox as one of the teams on his no-trade list) went on MLB Network Radio over the weekend and expressed his desire to join a winner, saying, “For whatever city is going after winning, I think that could definitely change every perspective and every desire, because that trumps everything — winning.”

Acquiring Hamels, however, figures to be a feat for any interested team.

If the Red Sox were to make a move on the soon-to-be 31-year-old lefty, it would not only presumably cost a few of the team’s top prospects, but because of the no-trade issue the Sox would likely be forced to pick up the $20 million option on Hamels’ deal. In all, the club would be committing $110 million over five years.

As far as Victorino is concerned, the payout would be worth it.

“I don’€™t see any reason why you wouldn’€™t want to put him in a Red Sox uniform if it’€™s possible,” the outfielder said. “To me the biggest thing, being around long enough, if ever I’€™m in a position to build a winning team, I don’€™t understand why people fixate on the word ‘€œprospect.’€ People get fixated on prospects. Well, this guy has all the upside in the world. Has Cole Hamels done it? Yes. So why not go get Cole Hamels at whatever expense is needed. Do you want to keep some of the farm system? Yes, I understand that. Part of an organization comes from within. The Lesters, the Pedroias, the Papelbons, the guys who were brought up through the system, got a few championships, and then unfortunately as times goes on guys move. I agree 100 percent it’€™s important to have a good minor league system. I agree with that. Some of these prospects who are being thrown around, who knows if they are going to be that guy.”

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Rob Bradford

The Red Sox announced Wednesday that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro from the Braves, sending minor league righ