I know there are some other Lester threads floating about, but I thought this one was unique enough to make a new topic...
I'm hearing a lot of predictable complaining from some quarters about the Sox being cheap and not wanting to spend to keep Lester. Okay. If you're in Larry/Ben's shoes, what's your offer? How high are you willing to go.
Copied and pasted from another thread:
"I agree it's time for the Sox to put forward a strong offer and try to get this wrapped up. If it were me, I'd put something like 5/120 or 6/132 on the table and see if that gets it done. I might go higher than that, but not by a lot. If nothing else, we'll know if he's looking for huge money and maybe we should be thinking about a trade..."
I think that is fair to Lester, but still a discount off what he would command on the open market. I don't know if that gets it done, but it would at least satisfy me that they tried.
$25 million per year should be the absolute max, if it is a shorter deal (4-5 years). If absolutely necessary I think I'd go as many as 7 years, but for a lower AAV (<$20m/yr).
I think this is a subject no two people are really going to agree on...I know some are saying break the bank, and some don't see him as a $100 million pitcher at all. However this situation ends up, there will be complaints about how the Sox paid too much, or should have paid more, so I thought it would be nice to get everyone on record in one thread before it all goes down.
What say you, t-ballers?