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 want to be bothered during the season with negotiations and risk becoming a distraction for the team. “I’m not going to discuss Jon’s situation out of respect for both Jon and (general manager) Ben (Cherington) other than to say that both sides have put further discussion off until after the season,” Henry wrote. “It’s clear that both Jon and our organization would like to see Jon back next year if possible.” Lester is in the midst of a lucrative contract push, going 10-7 with a 2.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. He was put off in March by a low offer from the team worth a reported four years and $70-80 million. While the team echoed Lester’s sentiment about not risking an in-season distraction by re-opening contract talks, Henry’s comment is the most definitive yet that the team is also content to wait until the season is finished to resume negotiations.
Red Sox owner: Jon Lester talks off
Boston Herald | Jul 24