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Measuring The Real Market Value Of Jon Lester

The Boston Red Sox stand on the cusp of trading Jon Lester. In fact, the time it takes me to write this post on early Wednesday evening, might be enough to time to complete the trade. As a Red Sox fan, I’m heartsick. As a baseball observer, I think the Red Sox are being stupid.

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Lester is going to be a free agent in the offseason. Last year, in the aftermath of the World Series win, the team had the chance to re-sign the 30-year-old lefthander. Boston offered 4 years/$70 million.

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AFC South Preview: Indianapolis Sets The Tone

The AFC South is a division in transition, with new coaches for the Tennessee Titans (Ken Wisenhunt) and Houston Texans (Bill O’Brien). The Indianapolis Colts ran away with the AFC South a year ago and with Andrew Luck’s star on the rise, are a solid favorite to make it two straight division titles and three straight playoff trips. Here’s a look at all four AFC South teams, followed by some early predictions.

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SEC Football: Let’s Get Some Love For Georgia

The Georgia Bulldogs haven’t won the SEC title since 2005, one year prior to their conference’s seven-year national championship run. The Dawgs haven’t won the national title since 1980 and have only seriously competed for it once in the last thirty years (their 2012 near-miss). So maybe I understand why the betting odds are a little averse to making them the favorite in this year’s SEC race.

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Who Are The Real Los Angeles Dodgers?

There’s a curious dichotomy over how the Los Angeles Dodgers are perceived and how they’ve performed on the field. Public perception—as measured by betting odds—says they’re the best team in baseball, a 5-1 favorite to win the World Series. The results on the field say they’re narrowly trailing the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, and are one of four teams tied in the loss column for two wild-card spots. Which is reality?

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A Season That’s Been A Long Time Coming For The Los Angeles Angels

This season has been a long time coming for the Los Angeles Angels and manager Mike Scioscia. It seems hard to believe that it’s been five years since the Angels last made the playoffs, when they reached the American League Championship Series in 2009.

Since then, there has been the rise and fall of the Texas Rangers and the Angels’ flurry of free agent spending. There has been massive underachievement and the perception of the franchise changed from that of smart, fundamentally-sound overachievers, to a poorly constructed team of fat cats.

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