Ben Cherington isn’t willing to shut the door on re-signing Jon Lester.
The Boston Red Sox general manager said Saturday he feels there’s still a chance the Sox are able to re-sign the ace left-handed pitcher this winter.
“I don’t think there is anything in our relationship that would prohibit (signing Lester),” Cherington told MLB Network Radio on Saturday, according to The Boston Globe.
“I feel confident that we’re going to be able to have a conversation, a constructive conversation. There’s nothing that has gone on that would prohibit that, but we’ll see where it goes. There will be other teams that are interested, too, no doubt.”
The Red Sox traded Lester in July at the MLB trade deadline and have said all along they’re hopeful they can re-sign him in the offseason. Lester arguably is the best pitcher on the market. He’s coming off another stellar season in which he went 16-11 with a career-best 2.46 ERA in time with the Red Sox and Oakland Athletics. Lester also pitched a career-high 219 2/3 innings.
Lester, however, will be 31 years old on Opening Day.
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