This is just what we didn't want to hear as the Red Sox embark on the defense of the 2013 World Series Championship. The team and ace Jon Lester have "hit the pause button" on contract negotiations—meaning the lefty could be a free agent at the end of the 2014 campaign. There was a lot of PR floating around last week (some pushed by the house organ Boston Globe) that a new extension deal was imminent—certain to happen before Opening Day. Wrong, Prvada Breath! So, now we may lose an epic post-season performer who wants to take a home-town discount. Maybe John Henry can cut back on the Liverpool jock-strap budget.