Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester continues to maintain that he wants to remain in Boston.
On Monday, he again reiterated his stance.
“You guys have probably figured me out by now, I would hope. I usually don’t say things I don’t mean. So I mean it: I want to stay here,” Lester told Rick Weber of ESPN Boston. “This is all I’ve known. I don’t like change. I don’t like going into new places that I have to learn.
“If I had to go out to Arizona right now and find my way around, meet new people and have new teammates … I can deal with three or four new teammates, but not a whole squad of them. That’d be kind of tough for me. I’m terrible with names as it is. But no, I meant what I said. There’s no getting around it. I want to stay here. I want to be here ’til the end and see this thing out.”
Lester has even gone as far as to say he would take less money to stay with the Red Sox.
Last season the 30-year old Lester went 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA and was magnificent in the playoffs, going 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA.