New Red Sox manager John Farrell was brought back to the Red Sox in hopes to fix the Sox pitching staff among other things.

But what if the "ace" of that Sox staff is traded before Farrell even gets a chance?

There's no reason to believe that anything is imminent, but Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes that it's not out of the question that the Royals would trade their top prospect -- and one of baseball's top prospects -- outfielder Wil Myers, for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher like Jon Lester.

Dutton quotes Royals GM Dayton Moore as saying: "We're now at a point in time where we have good young players — as good as any team in baseball. Now, we've got to do what we can to support them. Do we trade one of them? I don't know. I'm not trying to. I'd like to use our farm system in a way to support our major-league club now that we have good, young players who are all under control. Now, it's time to do everything we can to begin to move forward."

Dutton writes:

Myers was the consensus minor-league player of the year and is already drawing heavy interest from numerous clubs.

While the Royals are reluctant to deal him, it appears doing so could net either [James] Shields or Lester, each of whom was an All-Star as recently as 2011. The problem: Both are expensive and on track to become free agents in two years.