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While longtime teammate Jacoby Ellsbury is a Red Sox no more, Jon Lester remains hopeful that his teammate’s departure will not serve as a prelude to his own. The 29-year-old left-hander, who said that he didn’t feel any unusual wear and tear following a year in which he logged 248 combined innings in the regular season and October, suggested that he looks forward to talking with the Sox about the possibility of an extension before he reaches free agency — for which he could be eligible following the 2014 season.
“Obviously it’s crossed my mind. But it’s not something that’s really set in for me yet. I feel like I’ve got one more year here and we’ll go from there,” Lester said of his potential free agency on WEEI’s Hot Stove Show. “I’m sure there will be some form of communication [with the Sox about a new contract], I would imagine probably in spring training, hopefully in spring training and hopefully during the season sometime if not in spring training. Obviously Boston’s my home. This is all I’ve known. This is all I’ve become accustomed to, and all I want to know. My family enjoys it up there. I enjoy playing up there. There’s a lot of factors in it. At the same time, kind of like Jacoby, there’s a business side of everything and you’ve got to look at it that way. Same thing with the Red Sox. … Sometimes you have to part ways. Hopefully that’s not the case when it comes down to us here in the future.”
I'll take that. Though, if someone throws $100 million more that the Red Sox do in your face, will you turn it down? Probably not. There is always a price to drive you away from a place you love. I believe Roger Clemens once uttered words implying he would never leave Boston. Stuck to his guns.
Later on in the interview, Jon mentioned the fact that he knows that millions of dollars will be left on the table to stick with your team and avoid free-agency (Dustin Pedroia). If they can get a deal done before the end of next season, great. If not, I will not be completely shocked. However, it should be a priority for the Sox.
I would absolutely love to see Jon Lester finish his career in Boston. He put 2012 behind him, is back on his game, and did some amazing things to lead the Sox to a World Series Championship.
He cemented his place as the Ace and has a a lot of great years ahead of him, and should command AT LEAST $15 million per year after 2014.
After the Sox get some other free-agents locked up and finish the 2014 roster hunt, an extension for Lester will be top priority.
Oh, and I am glad he said he wished Jacoby went somewhere else. I continue to care less about that situation.
The rest of the links:
Globe: Ellsbury's exit is no big surprise | ESPN Boston: Former PawSox manager honored | Herald: With Ellsbury gone, CF door open for Bradley | Red Sox looking to add righty-hitting outfield compliment to Jackie Bradley Jr. | Officials expevt Brian McCann to be the next great Yankee (Bullshit!)