FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According a Yahoo! Sports report by Jeff Passan, the Red Sox and Jon Lester have agreed to a five-year contract extension (pending a physical) worth $30 million with a team option for $13 million in 2014.
While Lester declined to confirm the report, the pitcher did tell the Globe that talks between his agent, Josh Yates, and the Red Sox had intensified in recent days, saying, "I know that the past couple days have been pretty good."
"I think it's in the process of hopefully at some point getting done," Lester also said, as he left City of Palms Park at 3 p.m. "I couldn't tell you when or what day."
Lester, who is pitching tomorrow in Bradenton, Fla., against the Pirates, joins Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis as home-grown Red Sox to agree to extensions this offseason. The commitment to Lester adds another chapter to his Hollywood script career -- the cancer survivor who pitched a no-hitter and clinched a World Series now, it seems, will spend the prime of his career with the same organization.
"Nothing that I know of has been finalized," Lester said. "I'm sure when it does become final, if it does, we'll announce it."
Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino said "I cannot confirm or deny" the report this afternoon.