With Jake Peavy gone and Clay Bucholz and Felix Dubront mired in control problems, what is left of the Red Sox pitching staff? Lester and Lackey and the Pawtucket pitching rotation. There may be something in the making there, but not without Jon Lester.
There are plenty of expendable players on this team, but Jon Lester is not one of them.
The Sox are more with Lester.
Trading Lester would be like exchanging the leg of a three-legged table for a pair of chairs. Trading Lester would be like taking a second mortgage on a home underwater. Trading Lester would be like trading a front wheel of your car for two hubcaps.
More with Lester.