Rosenthal also reports that it is "starting to look like" this will be Lester's last season with the Red Sox. He adds that their most recent offer to Lester was for four-years and worth between $70-80 million.
The Red Sox, however, are willing to offer Lester more, but are "almost certain" to lose Lester unless they "dramatically increase their offer."
Lester could be looking for what the Detroit Tigers offered Max Scherzer in terms of money per year. The Tigers offered Scherzer $24 million per season, so Lester could be looking for a four-year deal worth around$96 million deal. It's speculation on my part, but as Rosenthal points out, the two have similar statistics:
"Lester, 30, and Scherzer are about the same age. They have similar statistical profiles. But Lester, a key member of two World Series championship teams, is more accomplished in the post-season."With the Red Sox last season, he went 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA and a 177/67 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In three starts so far this season, he has gone 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA and a 20/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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