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Red Sox hope for resolution on Jon Lester extension before Opening Day

Mar 24, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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The Red Sox formally announced a contract extension with slugger David Ortiz last night. Could a deal with left-hander Jon Lester be next?

Well, maybe. According to Sean McAdam of, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said today that the two sides remain in touch about an extension and that he hopes for a resolution on the situation before Opening Day.

“Right now, we’re focused on the conversation this week and trying to resolve it, one way or another,” said Cherington, “without getting into the season. Hopefully, we’re all reasonable enough people that if it made sense (to keep talking), we could reconsider next weekend. But that’s not the thinking right now.”

Lester is currently due to become a free agent next offseason as part of a field which also projects to include Max Scherzer, James Shields, and former teammate Justin Masterson. The 30-year-old has previously said that he would be willing to take a discount to stay with Boston, but chances are it will likely take something in the range of five years and $100 million in order to make it happen.

Lester is coming off a resurgent season in which he posted a 3.75 ERA and 177/67 K/BB ratio over 213 1/3 regular season innings. He was also an important part of the team’s World Series run, putting up a 1.56 ERA in five postseason starts.

  1. taftfan88 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Here is my proof that Bonds never used steroids:
    1. Bonds has ALWAYS tested CLEAN.

    2. EIGHT years of a FEDERAL investigation has more than confirmed that NO evidence concerning Bonds and steroids exists.

    3. Bonds had his best offensive seasons in 2002-2004 WHILE testing clean, WHILE he and BALCO were the most scrutinized people on earth.

    Whats the case against him?

    Well, lets see, its not the the major news sources all haven’t lied that Bonds ADMITTED taking steroids. They release the entire grand jury transcript right in their face.

    Its not like the judges have already called out the Feds for making up evidence three times, once trying to pass B.B. for three Bonds (the Feds response was “we didn’t know B.B. could stand for something other than Barry Bonds”), and testing ANONYMOUS samples for substances banned AFTER the Grand Jury Testimonies.

    Its not like judges have not accepted ONE piece of evidence from the Feds yet, and have even gone as far as calling their “evidence” (and I quote) “inadmissable heresay”.

    Its not like almost every other major player in the MLB has been caught taking steroids EXCEPT Bonds. They even complained that Bonds was taking “undetectable steroids” LMAO. When the Feds investigation ONLY Bonds.

    Its not like they spent 5 years and millions of tax dollars to investigate the Clear and the Cream, only to find out TWO WEEKS before the trial that it wasn’t even classified as a steroid during the Grand Jury testimonies.

    Its not like they very publically accused Bonds of cheating in 2001, THEN made the rule that steroids was considered cheating in the MLB in 2002 AFTER calling Bonds a cheater. And just four years before when McGwire AND Sosa shattered a then 40 year old HR record, with McGwire OPENLY on PEDs, they called the “the “SAVIOR of baseball”.

    They claimed that they were concerned about Bonds and steroids after Bonds broke the record because they wanted to preserve “the sanctity of the game”. And just a couple of years before, they juiced the balls and lowered the mounds for the very reason of “seeing more balls fly out of the park”.

    And its not like the MLB continues to treat ARod like a hero when he was been CAUGHT taking steroids this year, after the ALWAYS lied about NOT taking steroids before.

    And now they celebrate the Yankees full of PROVEN steroid users winning the championship.


    • taftfan88 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      Bonds 2002-2004 seasons are the most validated clean seasons ever, with a FEDERAL investigation going on and 5 reporters following him wherever he went, with the show “Bonds on Bonds” going on detailing his daily life. They also just happened to be the best three offensive seasons in the history of the MLB. And now we know it was against steroided competition where almost every big name was CAUGHT using steroids.

      • taftfan88 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        The hater’s argument:

        You can’t prove he didn’t take steroids.

        His head’s TOO big.

        Greg Anderson is in jail, it MUST be because he is protecting Bonds. Never mind that if that was the case all he says is NO Bonds did NOT take steroids, and your thorough lack of evidence proves it.

        Bonds MUST be referring to The Clear and The Cream when he said he took flaxseed oil for sores, a clear liquid, and an arthritic cream, and therefore he ADMITTED to using steroids. Never mind that The Clear and The Cream wasn’t even classified as steroids at the time of the Grand Jury Testimonies.

      • moogro - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:43 AM

        taft: What I think you are trying to say by these enthusiastic posts here is that coke is a wonderful drug.

      • stex52 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        Hey, Taft. Stay on topic. We don’t care.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      and lowered the mounds for the very reason of “seeing more balls fly out of the park”.

      What? This is just one of the man batsh!t insane things you wrote. Are you on drugs?

    • jimmyt - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      Baseball fans, like the players are just starry-eyed little boys who can’t handle the fact that their super hero’s have cheated.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      TrueNiners posts on HardballTalk? That’s hilarious. RIP ESPN boards.

  2. slaugin - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    What does that have to do with Lester getting a contract extension?

  3. jimmyt - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    taftfan88, it’s not just his head. His shoe size grew by FIVE!. That is not normal for a grown man and a direct result of un-naturally added HGH. I fear Barry will have a very rough time as he gets older.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Jon Lester has a very important decision facing him, basically on par with Sophie’s Choice.

    He has to weigh his desire to avoid a change of scenery against his desire to someday hear his last name pronounced correctly.

  5. ez4u2sa - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Now that they have Ortiz taken care of they will focus on Lester and this will get done. Both sides want it so they just have to settle on years and dollars. They should be announcing something later his week.

  6. dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Ignore TrueNiners aka “taftfan”, its a shtick. He copied and pasted the same crap for years.

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