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Red Sox and Jon Lester’s agents have talked twice about an extension

Mar 1, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

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Earlier today, D.J. Short told you about the reported interest between the Red Sox and starter Jon Lester in signing a multi-year contract extension. “Just how interested?” you ask. Two conversations interested, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

That’s a great deal of interest. As D.J. wrote, the extension could be in the $100 million range over five years. Considering the six-year, $105 million deal Homer Bailey signed with the Reds recently, that seems about right. Aside from atypical struggles in 2012, Lester has been dependable for the Red Sox. He finished the 2013 season with a 3.75 ERA in 213 1/3 innings.

  1. j0esixpack - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    This time last year everyone was wondering how bad the last place Red Sox were going to be.

    I guess that should give ever fan of every team out there considerable hope!

  2. dan1111 - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I like Lester, but I would be very reluctant to commit $100,000,000 to him. Last season was an improvement, but it wasn’t exactly a return to form. His peripherals were closer to 2012 than 2008-2011, and he struggled much of the season. It is easy to forget that since he dominated the postseason.

  3. ez4u2sa - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    This deal is as good as done. Wish more pro athletes saw things the way Lester does. Being part of a first class organization and winning can be more rewarding than a few extra bucks

  4. mikhelb - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Seems like a good deal. Lester said not long ago he, unlike Pedroia, would not take a ‘hometown’ discount and would gladly stay in Boston if the pay was right (something like: they have the money, why, would I have to accept less to stay?).

    It was similar to what David Ortíz said before roid-rage took over Ortíz and he began to insult anybody who dared to question him instead of praising him.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Wrong again dumb ass. At least you’re consistent when it comes to displaying your lack of knowledge about all things baseball.

  5. paperlions - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    John Lester on a possible extension:

    “It’s like Pedey. He left a lot of money on the table to stay here. That’s what he wanted to do. I understand that. That’s my choice, that’s his choice. I understand that to stay here, you’re not going to get a free-agent deal. You’re not going to do it. You can’t. It’s not possible. You’re bidding against one team. I understand you’re going to take a discount to stay. Do I want to do that? Absolutely”

  6. paperlions - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Well then. If the RS and Lester’s agents discuss this a couple of more times it’ll match the number of posts about it on HBT.

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