Red Sox lefthander Jon Lester was looking for a contract extension with the Red Sox this spring, but a new deal never materialized. Lester will now become a free agent after the 2014 season if he doesn not re-sign with the Red Sox.
Today, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said on WEEI that the team would like to resume contract discussions with Lester’s representatives at some point during the season. Lucchino confirmed that there have been talks since the start of spring training, and that more discussions are anticipated.
“I certainly expect [to continue negotiations],” Lucchino said.
Lucchino was asked about reports of a perceived low-ball four-year, $70 million offer. “I think it’s a mistake to discuss the status of ongoing negotiations as it is a mistake to get fixated on an opening offer,” Lucchino said.
Lester is currently 5-6 with a 3.45 ERA in 2014. During the Red Sox postseason run in 2013, Lester was outstanding, going 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in helping to lead Boston to its third World Series title in 10 years.
Lester in the final year of a five-year, $30 million extension that was agreed to in March 2009.