Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Edes: Source Claims Red Sox Will Land Lester

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ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes cites a "well-placed" source suggesting that the Red Sox will re-sign their former ace Jon Lester. Moreover, the source indicates that Boston could go as high as six years on their offer. Clearly, this would seem to violate the new mantra on Yawkey Way—you know, no long-term contracts for players over 30. But, if they were ever going to violate that rule, it would be with a player like Lester. He is home-grown, has persevered through serious illness, and has blossomed into an elite left-handed starter. Moreover, there has been much behind-the-scenes talk about the "good terms" that still exist between the team and the player—even after the trade deadline deal to the A's. So, will Ben Cherington have the support to pony up around $100 million to Lester? We should know soon.