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Source: Don't rule out Pirates for Lester

A major league source said Tuesday "that you can't rule out" Pittsburgh as one of the teams interested in Sox left-hander Jon Lester.

"Anything is possible,'' the source said, responding to a report on Yahoo! Sports that the Pirates were a darkhorse for Lester, perhaps in exchange for top outfield prospect Josh Bell. "But not necessarily for Bell.''

The Pirates have another highly regarded outfield prospect in Austin Meadows.

The Pirates were believed to be in on Sox left-handed reliever Andrew Miller as well, as a National League source indicated the Pirates have made it known they were looking for pitching upgrades. Lester, of course, is an even bigger target.