John Farrell doesn’t want to talk about the prospects of Jon Lester pitching for another team until it actually happens.

The Red Sox ace has been mentioned in trade rumors, but Farrell is trying his best to keep it from being a distraction.

“Last I checked, he’s still in our uniform,” Farrell said before Monday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. “To speculate on any kind of rumors is premature. … Rumors are being circulated in every clubhouse around the game right now. It’s just where we are with the deadline coming up on Thursday.”

That said, Farrell did acknowledge that the organization always tries to bring peace of mind to players whose names have been mentioned in trade rumors.

“We keep an open line of communication with each player that might be in a situation or attached to a situation just to put their thoughts at rest as best we can,” Farrell said.