Re: Club source confirms Ken Rosenthal report on Jon Lester. Only offer from Red Sox: four years, $70M
posted at 4/13/2014 1:21 PM EDT
In response to Beantowne's comment:
In response to raydaz's comment:
Red Sox management kills me. They have no problem overpaying free agents to come to Boston (Gonzalez, Crawford, Lackey, Victorino, Napoli, J.D. Drew etc.). However, when it comes to keeping their own they typically lowball or make no offer (Martinez, Ellsbury, Papelbon). We know what the going rate is for aces and near aces. $70 million over 4 years is not it. I do not want the Sox to be the farm team for the Yankees!
Three WS titles in a decade..not bad for a farm team...FYI Gonzalez was acquired in a trade with the Padres, then signed to an extension. Gonzalez was the key player in the trade with the Dodgers, which a enabled the Sox to insist on the Dodgers taking on both Beckett and Crawfords contracts. A trade that in hidsight was the catalyst for the rebuilding of a team that had lost it's way.
Lackey, Drew, Victorino and Napoli all played key roles in helping the Sox to win WS rings....
Pedro turned down a very good three year offer from the Sox and was overpaid by the Mets Who added another year with an option...The Sox let him walk and took the draft compensation. The Mets got a couple of decent years of solid # 3 starter production...End of the day Martinez still saw himself as one of the best in the game. The reality is that due to his rotar cuff had become a 90 pitch 6 inning guy who relied on his moixy....That said, Pedro will one day have his number retired but frankly I think the Sox grew tired of his diva act...I know I did...
Papelbon & Ellsbury both through their agents, made it known early in their careers that they were going to market. The Sox made both very compelling contract extensions similar to the deals offered to Lester, Pedrioa which have become SOP in baseball to buyout a coupe of years of prime free agency and in each case. They turned down every offer..End of the Papelbon was overpaid and i find it interesting that the Phillies have been trying to trade him almost from the day he signed. Ellsbury signed a huge deal with the Yankess, one that only time will tell if over the life of the deal he can stay on the field and produce. In both instances the Sox made offers. The reality is they were fine with allowing both to move on and like Martinez, reap the benefit of the draft compensation and better use the money's to field a deep team capable of competing for championships...Pedro left the won in it 2007... Papelbon left the Sox won it in 2013. Ellsbury now a yank, time will tell if and when we hoist the next flag. Recent history suggest that the Sox ownership and baseball operations team understand how to build a championship team...the one thing that 2004, 2007 & 2013 have in common is the name on the front of the jersey.
So based on other players comps and Lester's career you believe this is a fair offer?