Lester reportedly received a contract offer from the Red Sox earlier this week after meeting with the team’s ownership. The left-hander’s representatives wouldn’t comment specifically on the offer or negotiations, but one of Lester’s agents did acknowledge the current landscape.
“I will not comment on negotiations nor will I characterize a meeting other than to say that the Red Sox extended great respect to Jon,” Seth Levinson replied Wednesday in an email to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Terms of the Red Sox’s contract offer to Lester are unknown, though an industry source told CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam that the offer was “aggressive.” The offer reportedly was for at least five years.
The Red Sox certainly have competition in their quest to sign Lester, who spent his first eight-plus seasons with Boston before being traded to the Oakland Athletics at this year’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. The Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves all are believed to be interested in the southpaw to some extent, according to various reports.
Lester, who turns 31 in January, is coming off his best season yet. He went 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA in 32 starts split between Boston and Oakland.
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