The Boston Red Sox and ace left-handed pitcher Jon Lester have expressed mutual in a contract extension all off-season.
I don’t like change…I like being where I’ve been. I like the people. I like the surroundings. It feels like home.”
Fellow ace Max Scherzer has an Opening Day deadline for an extension with the Detroit Tigers, but Lester sees no such need if extension talks leak into the regular season.
…if it takes the first couple weeks into the season, it takes the first could weeks into the season…”
There’s an interesting dynamic this season as three ace pitchers stand to be free agents at season’s end. Lester, Scherzer, and Justin Masterson will all presumably keep tabs on one another to gauge extensions they could land. Of that group, though, Lester seems the most inclined to operate independently because of his affection for Boston (if the quotes from him this winter are to be believed).
Lester is coming off one of the best seasons of his career (15-8 with a 3.75 ERA) and with a World Series ring in tow, it won’t be surprising if the two sides agree on an extension.