Reports: Red Sox have made Lester an offer; Braves visit next

If free agent pitcher Jon Lester is interested in returning to Boston, those wheels have reportedly already been set in motion.

ESPN.com‘s Gordon Edes reported that the Red Sox have already made an offer to Lester, though they do not expect him to make a decision on it immediately.

Meanwhile, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman says that Lester’s next meeting will be with the Braves, who play just a short distance from Lester’s home in Peachtree City, Ga.

This free agency tour — the Cubs are also in the mix — is likely the reason why the Red Sox don’t expect to hear an answer from Lester any time soon.

Bowman writes that there’s “a chance this meeting will simply enhance the demand” for Lester, though the Braves’ proximity to Lester’s home and their new ballpark set to open in 2017 could be enticing. He also writes that Atlanta could be in the position to make more deals like the Jason Heyward trade to create financial flexibility in order to boost the team’s pitching.

— Joey Nowak

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