Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lester Rejected 4-YR, $70-$80M Red Sox Offer

(Boston Herald Photo)
As we suggested a few days ago, the Red Sox ownership may be getting us ready for the departure of Jon Lester. Now, multiple sources report that Lester, in fact, has rejected a 4-year contract extension worth between $70-$80 million. Despite an average annual value of about $18 million, in the current starting pitcher marketplace, this offer is clearly feeble on the number of years offered. Lester confirmed that there will be no more negotiations until the season ends, "I want to be here. They said they want me here. So just at that particular time, things didn't really pan out, didn't work out. When the time comes, we'll sit down again and see where we're at then." We'd better hope young stud lefty starter Henry Owens is for real, because Lester is as good as gone.