Curt Schilling: Jon Lester Could Fetch $150M On The Free Agent Market

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Even before Jon Lester hit free agency, many speculated that the left-handed ace would be able to land a contract in the six-year, $120 million range.

But former Boston Red Sox starter Curt Schilling thinks his ex-teammate could cash in even bigger.

If Lester were to land, say, a six-year, $150 million deal, that would make him tied for the third highest-paid starting pitcher — along with Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke — among those currently under contract, per Spotrac. It’s a deal dwarfed only by the contracts of Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander.

Sure, Lester’s left-handedness and postseason record give him more value, but there’s something that all of those pitchers (and current No. 5 on the list, Felix Hernandez) have that Lester doesn’t — a Cy Young Award. That’s not to say that not having a Cy Young decreases Lester’s value as a consistently good starter, but it might make teams unwilling to give him Cy Young money.

But then again, it’s not as though MLB teams never overpay for players.

So who does Schilling believe will be the ones to empty their pockets for Lester?

There you have it, folks. Curt has spoken.

Thumbnail photo via Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

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