Red Sox rumors should make fans pretty happy today. These new Boston Red Sox rumors have Jon Lester offering the team a discount to re-sign him in a long-term deal. According to a report from ESPN on Thursday (Jan. 23), he simply wants to remain with the team and wants to remain affordable so it can get done.
Speaking about his desire to stay with the team, he stated, "These guys are my No. 1 priority. I want to be here 'til they rip this jersey off my back. It's like Pedey [Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox second baseman]. He left a lot of money on the table to stay here. That's what he wanted to do. I understand that. That's my choice, that's his choice."
If fans of the team didn't already love having Lester on the roster, this type of public relations move is going to put it over the top. Announcing his intentions in the same offseason where outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury went to the New York Yankees for more money, he is showing what it is like when a player actually puts the team first.
These Boston Red Sox rumors come after the team exercised a $13 million club option for the 2014 MLB season. Jon Lester is slated to become a free agent during the next offseason, but he and the team could come to a contract extension if the two sides really want to get it done. Last season he was a key pitcher in the rotation, posting a 15-8 regular season record with a 3.75 ERA and 177 strikeouts. the team won both of his starts in the 2014 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, where he pitched 15 1/3 innings of work.
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