Jon Lester, Red Sox haven't discussed contract extension
Jon Lester is set to hit free agency after this coming season. As things stand, he has said there haven't been discussions with the front office on a possible contract extension.
“We haven’t sat down. I think there’s going to be a time and a place for that,” Lester said (bostonglobe.com). “But that’s not really something I’m concerned about right now. I need to worry about getting for the season physically.”
Lester told reporters he was open to discussing it or to waiting after the season and that it is up to the Red Sox. He also reiterated his desire to remain in Boston and that he'd do so even if it meant taking less money to stay put.
Lester, 30, was 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA (109 ERA+), 1.29 WHIP and 177 strikeouts in 213 1/3 innings last season. The two-time All-Star was an October ace, going 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in five postseason starts. His only loss was a 1-0 decision to the Tigers in Game 1 of the ALCS -- when the Red Sox only managed a single hit.
If Lester hits the open market, he'd be one of the top arms. It sounds like Homer Bailey will be locked up by the Reds soon, leaving Max Scherzer, James Shields and Justin Masterson along with Lester as the obvious top four starting pitching options.