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Apr 12, 2014

Red Sox Rumors: 'Starting to look like' this is Jon Lester's last season in Boston

By on 12:59 PM

The Boston Red Sox tried to negotiate a long-term extension with Jon Lester, but the two sides were far apart in talks and have tabled negotiations. It was believed that the two sides would rekindle talks during the season, but Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Lester is only willing to negotiate a new deal at the end of the season.

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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