Report: Sox, Lester holding off talks until offseason
if Jon Lester is going to remain in Boston next year, we won’t know it until the season is over.
According to a report from the Boston Herald on Thursday, the Red Sox and their ace southpaw have decided to stall any talks of a contract extension until the offseason. Lester, 10-7 with a 2.50 ERA this season, is expected to be highly sought-after on the free agent market this year.
“I’m not going to discuss Jon’s situation out of respect for both Jon and (general manager) Ben (Cherington) other than to say that both sides have put further discussion off until after the season,” principal owner John Henry wrote in an e-mail to the Herald. “It’s clear that both Jon and our organization would like to see Jon back next year if possible.”
Lester had previously said he did not want extension talks to be a distraction to the team during the season. He was an All-Star this season for the third time in his career.
– Joey Nowak