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Jon Lester doesn’t want to discuss a contract extension until after the season

Jul 4, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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Starter Jon Lester has told the Red Sox to hold off on extension discussions until after the season, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Lester says he wants to focus on pitching and on his team, more or less saying that the contract discussions are distracting.

The Red Sox offered Lester a contract extension worth $70 million in early April, but it was rejected.

Lester, 30, can become a free agent after the season though it is believed that Lester prefers to remain with the Red Sox. The lefty has a 2.92 ERA with a 115/29 K/BB ratio in 114 innings spanning 17 starts this season.

  1. rivermaya99 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Great player, his team sucks as hell.

    • Glenn - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      The reigning World Series champions are having a bad year, but Boston is still a great place to play and he likes pitching there. He is certainly in the driver’s seat in negotiations, though. He stands to make a fortune in the open market,

      • rivermaya99 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        I love Redsox, I wish this guy success.

  2. sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    would be better to give higher annual salaries than long term…

    he’s already 30.

    5 yrs and $100 million…?

    if he wants like 7 or 8 yrs… no…

    5 yrs would be age 31 to 35 seasons

  3. titansbro - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Lol they screwed the pooch lowballing him like that. No more hometown discount. Good job Larry.

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