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Red Sox and Jon Lester table extension talks

Mar 29, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington recently said that he hoped to have a resolution on a possible contract extension for Jon Lester by Opening Day, but he told Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal today that the two sides have decided to “hit the pause button” on negotiations.

Cherington said that there has “a lot of good dialogue” with Lester’s camp in recent weeks, but they were unable to find a deal that worked for everyone and will now turn the focus toward the season. This doesn’t remove all hope for a deal, as both sides are still interested in an agreement and it’s possible that talks could be revived at some point during the season.

Lester, 30, is currently due to become a free agent this winter. He could be looking at a deal in the area of five years and $100 million on the open market.

  1. clydeserra - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    You see? You see how its done Mr. Trout?

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Apples and bananas.

      Lester will be a free agent after the season. Trout was under team control for 3 more years. Trout will be 29 when this deal expires and make up anything he might be leaving on the table then. Meanwhile he avoids three years of arbitration and protects himself against future injury possibility.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      You are so wrong about Mike Trout’s extension that it’s borderline comical.

  2. slaugin - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Yea. I think Trout did alright considering his next contract will be so inflated we can’t even fathom the amount at this time

  3. uyf1950 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    I have very little doubt that Lester and the Sox Management will come to some sort of contract extension. But at least for now there appears to be a difference of opinion on what Lester considers a home town discount and what the Red Sox consider a home town discount.

    • rocket621 - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      I just hope it doesn’t become contentious. Especially if he gets off to hot start.

  4. nolasoxfan2012 - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    As a Red Sox fan, I could see letting Ellsbury go because he was always going to go to the highest bidder and because his skills and injury record made him a big risk on a long-term deal. But, I really can’t see letting Lester go, especially when the Red Sox have the kind of payroll flexibility they have going forward. At present, the Red Sox have a grand total of $14M committed to the 2016 squad and beyond. That’s it. The Sox are committed to Pedroia and no one else beyond the 2015 season. For comparison: the Yankees are already at $160M for 2016, while the Dodgers have locked in at least $170M. Heck, the Rays have already committed $31M to the 2016 season. I get the payroll flexibility thing. But, it would be nice to see them use a tiny piece of it to lock up their own guy and their best, most dependable pitcher. I also think that if they let him test the market at all, they’re going to have to pay him a lot more or risk losing him. Get it done now.

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