It doesn’t come as a surprise given the club can revoke both players if they should get claimed. Hundreds of players across Major League Baseball will end up on waivers with only a small percentage actually getting claimed. Teams will seek to gauge trade interest from other clubs in a particular player that could lead to a deal for those clubs competing for a postseason birth. By no means does it mean the club intends to trade either Ellsbury or Lester.
It would be a complete surprise if either player were claimed, but given the Texas Rangers were said to be looking at a deal for Ellsbury back in July it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think they may have discussions again with Ben Cherington again. Recently we’ve heard comments from the Red Sox owners that some major changes are needed this offseason and who’s to say that a blockbuster deal now wouldn’t be the start of things to come.