David Price’s mega-contract doesn’t seem to bother Jon Lester.
The Red Sox made Price the highest paid pitcher in baseball during the 2016 offseason, almost two years after the Sox reportedly low-balled homegrown ace Lester in contract negotiations. When those negotiations stalled during the 2014 season, he was traded to the Athletics.
According to a story published Monday in the Chicago Sun-Times, Lester sent Price a text of congratulations when the new Sox ace signed with Boston during the 2016 offseason.
In June 2014 when Lester was still with the Red Sox, he said there would be “no hard feelings’’ if he was traded. And that sentiment still rings true following Price’s contract.
“Everybody has emotions and feelings and loyalty towards certain organizations, and obviously that one is special and unique to me,’’ Lester told the Sun-Times. “I’ll always hold those things high in my career and obviously personally with my family. Both my kids were born there.’’
Now the Chicago Cubs ace, Lester was the Sox’ 2002 second-round pick. After getting diagnosed with cancer in 2006, he returned to the Sox, and pitched in two World Series with the team. He was an All-Star in three of his seasons with the Sox, and threw a no-hitter in 2008.
“There’s no hard feelings by any means with those people,’’ Lester said. “I still talk to [Red Sox manager] John Farrell. They were a big part of my life. And I’m always grateful for what they did for me, especially back in ’06, ’07.’’
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