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Red Sox pick up 2014 option on Lester

The Red Sox today exercised their $13 million contract option on lefthander Jon Lester for the 2014 season.

Lester, who turns 30 in January, was 15-8 with a 3.75 earned run average in 33 starts in the regular season. He was then 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in five postseason starts, going 34.3 innings.

Lester won both games he started in the World Series, allowing one run over 15.1 innings.

Lester is 100-56 with a 3.76 ERA in 221 career regular season appearances since 2006. His 1,237 career strikeouts are the most ever by a Red Sox lefthander and fifth overall in franchise history.

Picking up the option does not preclude the Red Sox and Lester working out a multi-year contract that would start in 2015. The team faced a Saturday deadline to pick up or decline the option.


The Red Sox have a $6 million option on lefthanded reliever Matt Thornton that they are expected to decline. Thornton appeared in only 20 games for the Red Sox after being obtained from the Chicago White Sox on July 13 and was not on their roster for any round of the postseason.

Based on this Tweet, Lester seems pretty happy with the outcome:



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