The Red Sox may only go as far in 2013 as their rotation will take them, and Jon Lester is perhaps expected to be the ace of the group.

Lester sat down to talk to Peter Gammons and Tom Caron on Thursday, and he admitted that there were a lot of negatives to take away from 2013. He says that he stepped completely away from baseball last October — even avoiding watching the MLB playoffs — in an attempt to regroup mentally. However, Lester is back in Fort Myers having since refocused on baseball.

Check out Lester talk about his trials and tribulations — and optimism heading into a new season — in the video above.