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 million option earlier in the offseason. With Lester’s AAV counting for just more than $9 million, it would make sense for the red Sox to wait until after Opening Day for any agreement to be put in place. Other members of the Red Sox’ starting rotation who are in the final years of their contract are Ryan Dempster and Jake Peavy. John Lackey’s team option for 2015 will most certainly be exercised considering it will be for the major league minimum due to a clause in his deal that protected the team against any serious arm injuries. Clay Buchholz is under the Red Sox’ control through the ’17 season, with a $13 million club option for ’16 and one for $13.5 the following season.
Red Sox have not started talking extension with Jon Lester
WEEI Boston | Nov 13