Jon Lester RUMORS & NEWS

  • Red Sox owner: Jon Lester talks off

    Boston Herald "If Jon Lester re-signs with the Red Sox, it won’t be until after the season. In an e-mail to the Herald last night, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the team has agreed not to resume contract talks with its ace left-hander until the season is done. In late June, Lester said he didn’t..." July 24

  • Lester 'thrown off' by in-season contract talks as free agency looms "Red Sox ace Jon Lester put contract talks on hold when he halted the team's recent in-season effort to rekindle discussions, telling them he preferred that he and the team avoid any potential distraction for the time being. Lester explained his decision to cut off in-season talks, telling..." July 15

  • Lester says his desire to stay put is still strong

    ESPN Boston "Jon Lester doesn’t want to talk about finality -- not about his third career All-Star appearance, how long he could maintain his high level of play or if his Boston Red Sox career could be coming to a close. Lester, 30, might not have all the answers right now, but with free agency potentially..." July 14

  • Jon Lester shouldn't be part of Red Sox' selloff

    CSN New England "The first domino -- in the person of A.J. Pierzynski -- fell Wednesday, with the Red Sox designating the veteran catcher for assignment and moving forward with Christian Vazquez behind the plate. Starter Jake Peavy will probably be next, shipped to some National League playoff contender (or..." July 10

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    Lucchino tells @DandCShow that he would expect negotiations with Lester to continue during the season.

  • Red Sox low-balled Jon Lester, extension talks halted

    Fox Sports "This is looking more and more like left-hander Jon Lester's last season with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox's most recent offer to Lester was far below market value -- four years for between $70 million and $80 million, according to sources within the team'€™s clubhouse. Lester, who is..." April 12

  • Cherington mum on Lester negotiations

    CSN New England "One spring training contract extension press conference down, one to go? That was the question Monday, after the Red Sox officially announced a new deal for David Ortiz. Now, Jon Lester, who is eligible for free agency this fall, is on deck. "I can't handicap it,'' said GM Ben..." March 25

  • GM: Sox hope for Lester deal this week

    ESPN Boston "Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, who was here Monday to announce David Ortiz’s contract extension, said the club is still attempting to strike an agreement with pitcher Jon Lester on a new deal before the end of camp, but would not speculate on the chances of doing so. “I can’t handicap it," he..." March 24

  • With contract on agenda, Boston's Lester says, 'I don't like change' "Red Sox ace Jon Lester, extraordinary pitcher and model employee, saves his hardball game for the field. When it comes to contract negotiations, there are no breaking pitches, no changeups. When he says he wants to stay a Red Sox, he means it. “I don't like change,” Lester said in an interview..." March 01

  • Jon Lester, Red Sox haven't discussed contract extension "Red Sox ace Jon Lester is set to hit free agency after the 2014 season, and he's yet to discuss a possible contract extension with the Boston front office. “We haven't sat down. I think there's going to be a time and a place for that,” Lester said ( “But that's not really..." February 18

  • Signing Jon Lester to Long-Term Extension Is a No-Brainer for Red Sox

    Bleacher Report "The Boston Red Sox can get away with not signing Jon Lester to an extension. They'll have options if he walks, something he could very well do after the 2014 season. But since Lester is apparently willing to make like Dustin Pedroia and give the Red Sox a discount on a long-term deal, then,..." January 25

  • Jon Lester: "I want to be here until they have to rip this jersey off my back"

    Providence Journal "Jon Lester is far from a New England native. He was born and raised just south of Seattle. He met his wife in South Carolina. His Southern twang gives away the roots he's put down in Georgia, where he bought a new house this offseason. But more than 10 years have elapsed since the Red Sox..." January 24

  • Red Sox will chase Jon Lester for long-term deal

    Boston Herald "Five months ago, the Red Sox signed Dustin Pedroia to an eight-year contract extension that preempted the second baseman’s potential free agency after next season and may have guaranteed he will finish his career with the team. Now, it may be Jon Lester’s turn to follow suit. General manager..." December 11

  • Red Sox have not started talking extension with Jon Lester

    WEEI Boston "According to a team source, the Red Sox have not started talking about a contract extension for Jon Lester. The Sox are expected, however, to open negotiations with the starter around spring training. Lester is in the final year of his current deal, with the Red Sox having picked up his $13..." November 13

  • Red Sox exercise option on Jon Lester's contract

    SB Nation "The left-hander will earn $13 million in 2014. The Boston Red Sox have exercised Jon Lester's $13 million contract option, meaning their ace starting pitcher will return to the team in 2014. Lester enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2013, going 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA in a career-high 213⅓ innings..." November 02

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    Rob Bradford @bradfo

    Per source, Red Sox have activated Jon Lester's $13 million option for next season

  • Inability to figure out Lester leakves Cardinals on the brink of elimination

    Fox Sports Midwest "There was nothing weird about Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night. No embarrassing pickoff to end the game. No walk-off obstruction call. Not a single defensive letdown. This was just pitching-dominated hardball and Boston's ace out-performed the Cardinals' ace. Red Sox 3, Cardinals..." October 29

  • No doubt, an ace in place

    Boston Herald "The body of work does not lie. Jon Lester is now an October hero, a Red Sox pitching legend, a postseason ace who last night put the capstone on one of the most dominating postseason pitching runs in not only Red Sox franchise history, but postseason history. The body of work simply says it..." October 29

  • Jon Lester again comes up big, outclassing Cards in Game 1

    Boston Herald "There has been an ongoing debate for much of this season over who is the ace of the Red Sox pitching staff. Last night for at least one night Jon Lester ended the discussion. Lester was nothing short of brilliant in Game 1 of the World Series pitching 72⁄3 innings of shutout ball by mixing..." October 24

  • Jon Lester -"I know that not once have i cheated"

    WEEI Boston "Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester acknowledged that he keeps rosin — a legal substance — in his glove when he pitches but he denied that he was using an illegal foreign substance to doctor the ball after pictures emerged of a glowing green substance on the thumb of his glove. “I know what I do day in..." October 24

  • MLB 'cannot draw any conclusions' from Lester foreign substance video "Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester may or may not have had a foreign substance on his glove during Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night a game in which he shutout the highest scoring team in the NL for 7 2/3 innings. The photos and videos are interesting but ultimately inconclusive. Major..." October 24

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    Danny Knobler @DannyKnoblerCBS

    Farrell makes it official. Jon Lester will start Game 1 for Red Sox

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    Sean McAdam @Sean_McAdam

    Farrell notes Peavy and Buchholz will throw in sim game Wed. "Make of that what you will." Virtually guarantees Lester Game 1 Lackey Game 2

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    Anthony Witrado @awitrado

    Sources: Red Sox have agreed to pick of Jon Lester's $13 million club option next season. Agreed upon may still need to be signed.

  • Jon Lester, Red Sox ace test

    Boston Herald "David Ortiz didn’t feel the urge to smash any dugout phones yesterday not after going 4-for-4 with a two-run homer. But even if he had the Red Sox would’ve been just fine. Call the bullpen? There wasn’t much need. Not with the way Jon Lester pitched. In the rubber match of a three-game series..." July 29

  • Jon Lester sparkles in 6-2 win over Rays

    Boston Herald "As they head into August in a battle for the American League East, pitching is their biggest question mark. They’ve lost two closers to injuries and their best starter, Clay Buchholz, hasn’t pitched since June 8. The situation puts even more pressure on Lester, the man on the mound last..." July 24

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    Ian Browne @IanMBrowne

    Lester won't start tomorrow. Dempster will, the Red Sox announce.

  • Jon Lester’s looking to regroup

    Boston Herald "Quick, name the most important player for the Red Sox after the All-Star break. “Clay, to me, is the biggest key for us in the second half,” manager John Farrell said. Fair enough. Clay Buchholz was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA before suffering a shoulder injury that has prevented him from pitching since..." July 15

  • Jon Lester regresses as Seattle jumps all over Sox

    Boston Herald "Upon arriving at Safeco Field yesterday, Red Sox manager John Farrell was told center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury would be unable to play because of a sore left wrist and reliever Andrew Miller will need to have season-ending surgery on his left foot. Any good news? “Well,” Farrell said, “the..." July 09

  • Jon Lester solid, 
ready to roll

    Boston Herald "Jon Lester ladled out a healthy dose of diplomacy last night when a reporter asked the big lefty if both he and the Red Sox were ready to go on one of those sizzling summertime rolls that just a few years ago was a staple of the Boston baseball experience. Like a contestant on a game show, Lester..." July 04

  • Bad step dampens Jon Lester’s hike

    Boston Herald "Jon Lester was taking a step in the right direction last night until he literally took one in the wrong one. Lester was well into his best start in over a month against the Blue Jays when he slipped on his follow-through while throwing a ball to Emilio Bonifacio in the eighth. He felt a stinger in..." June 28

  • Lester injury scare dampens 7-4 Sox win

    CSN New England "Jon Lester pitched into the eighth inning for the first time since May 10 Thursday night and won for the second straight start, following hard on the heels of a six-game winless streak. But the good news may have ended there for the Red Sox, who staked Lester to a 7-0 lead in the second..." June 28

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    Sean McAdam @Sean_McAdam

    Lester bent over in some apparent discomfort after delivering last pitch. Trainer out to take a look; Lester leaving. #RedSoxTalk

  • Jon Lester's woes persist as Orioles vex Red Sox again

    Boston Herald "At this rate, the Red Sox are going to have to step up their overall game if they are going to keep ahead of this Baltimore Orioles team. And nobody’s got more room to improve than Jon Lester. Even though Lester thought he had some of his best command of his pitches all season long, made just..." June 17

  • Clay Buchholz pushed back again

    Boston Herald "Clay Buchholz was pushed back again from a tentative Sunday start against the Orioles, but he will pitch on Tuesday. Maybe. The Red Sox cannot quite say for certain that Buchholz’ sore neck, which was feeling better yesterday, will improve enough to throw a full bullpen session on Sunday and..." June 14

  • Problems continue for Jon Lester as Rays roll

    Boston Herald "In offering up the customary post-start self-evaluation here last night, Jon Lester didn’t mince words. “Just terrible,” he said before adding, “unacceptable” and finally, “horse-(expletive).” And here’s the worst part: It wasn’t limited to only last night. It would have been easier for the..." June 12

  • Joyce, Rays roll past Lester, Red Sox

    Tampa Bay Times "Matt Joyce seemed a bit on the defensive, having to explain his actions that led to him being hit by a pitch and in the middle of a benches-clearing incident in Monday's marathon loss when he felt he didn't do anything wrong. So Tuesday night, he went on the offensive, hitting the longest, and..." June 12

  • Buchholz pushed back again; Lester starts Friday against Yankees

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox have changed their rotation again because of lingering shoulder soreness for righthander Clay Buchholz. Franklin Morales will start against the Phillies on Thursday with Jon Lester pushed up to Friday in New York against the Yankees. Felix Doubront is scheduled for..." May 30

  • Jon Lester nearly perfect in Red Sox’ 5-0 win over Blue Jays

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox had stumbled into second place, losers of six of their last seven games after a hot start to the season. But they had the right man on the mound Friday night. Jon Lester came a pitch away from a perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays in a 5-0 victory for the Sox. His only..." May 11

  • Lester solid, but two mistakes prove costly

    CSN New England "As befits his status as the Red Sox' No. 1 starter, Jon Lester had previously drawn CC Sabathia and David Price as opponents and beaten them both. On Sunday, when he drew Yu Darvish, the results were different. Neither Lester nor Darvish factored in the decision, but the Sox lost..." May 06

  • Pair of mistakes doom solid Lester

    Boston Herald "Jon Lester had undeniably good stuff yesterday. He featured a 95 mph fastball, threw his best changeup of the season and found strikeouts when he needed them. Unfortunately, he also made two mistakes against the Texas Rangers. Mitch Moreland smacked the first to left field for a solo homer in..." May 06

  • Jon Lester off to good start

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox were very polite about yesterday’s offensive explosion. Balls flew out of the park, they said. With the Rogers Centre full, the ball carries in the humidity, they said. It was a great day to hit, they said. Unsaid? Why none of the above applied to Jon Lester. While the Red Sox..." April 08

  • Jon Lester set for big step

    Boston Herald "Jon Lester understands he has a long way to go to be in the same economic stratosphere as the Tigers’ Justin Verlander, but if he gets there it will be good news for everyone but the Red Sox accountants. “I’m happy for him and I’m happy for baseball,” the Sox’ Opening Day starter said..." April 01

  • Jon Lester named Opening Day starter

    Providence Journal "Jon Lester looked at times last season like a pitcher barely worthy of pitching in a major-league rotation. To new manager John Farrell, Lester this spring has looked like a pitcher worthy of starting Opening Day. Farrell made official Wednesday what has been obvious for weeks: Lester will..." March 27

  • Lester is 'most important person' on Sox

    CSN New England "The Red Sox may not be the power-hitting team that they've been in past years, but if the pitching staff pitches in the regular season like they have been in spring training, they won't need much hitting. The Sox starting pitchers have been great, and ace Jon Lester is leading the way after a..." March 18

  • Jon Lester perfect for six Grapefruit innings Sunday vs. Rays

    NESN "A lot of Boston fans might wake up Monday morning not remembering Sunday’s Red Sox game, but those hungover St. Patrick’s Day partygoers will be happy to learn that their hometown team was damn near perfect against the Rays. Jon Lester really was perfect. He didn’t allow a baserunner in six..." March 17

  • Jon Lester Impressive in Spring Debut, Must Keep Working Toward Returning to Ace Status for Red Sox

    NESN "It’s only spring training. Those words are muttered countless times year in and year out as some players thrive in camp while others fizzle out. The reason? It’s actually quite true. Spring training means a variety of things for a variety of players. For minor leaguers invited to major league..." February 25

  • Jon Lester’s quotes baffling

    Boston Herald "Will the real Jon Lester please stand up? After Wednesday’s picnic table manifesto in Fort Myers we can only wonder is this guy Bob Gibson Lite, as my colleague Steve Buckley suggests, or I-Don’t-Give-A-Hoot Gibson? Wednesday, Lester said his 2012 collapse was “solely on me . . . It’s not on..." February 15

  • Good start for Jon Lester

    Boston Herald "Jon Lester has always reminded me of Bob Gibson. And this is where you say, “What?” Look, I get it: Gibson is a right-hander, Lester is a left-hander. Gibson is black, Lester white. Gibson grew up in Nebraska, Lester grew up in Washington state. Gibson was a first-ballot Hall of Famer...." February 14

  • Lester likes what he sees from Lackey "Pitcher Jon Lester, for one, hopes that John Lackey's days as Boston’s DH --designated heavy -- can come to an end after three years of being pilloried as a lousy pitcher and a worse person. “I’m always encouraged by Lackey,’’ Lester said. “People don’t understand how happy-go-lucky he..." February 12

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