The Red Sox will halt contract talks with ace Jon Lester until after the season, Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald in an e-mail. From the Herald:
“I’m not going to discuss Jon’s situation out of respect for both Jon and (general manager) Ben (Cherington) other than to say that both sides have put further discussion off until after the season,” Henry wrote. “It’s clear that both Jon and our organization would like to see Jon back next year if possible."
Lester is 10-7 with a 2.50 ERA this season. He has 142 strikeouts in 137 innings pitched.