Abraham On Toucher & Rich: Lester Will Take ‘Modest’ Discount, Not ‘Hometown’ Discount

January 24, 2014 1:58 PM
Abraham On Toucher & Rich: Lester Will Take ‘Modest’ Discount, Not ‘Hometown’ Discount
" BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox lefty ace Jon Lester attended the BBWAA dinner last night in Boston, and in speaking to reporters revealed he would like to stay with the team on a Dustin Pedroia-like deal.

Pedroia’s extension was for 8 years and $110 million for an average annual value of $13.75 million – if Red Sox fans thinks Lester will take that AAV, they’re dreaming.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe appeared on Toucher & Rich Friday morning, and he believes Lester will sign for below market value with the Red Sox, but he’d still like to set his family up for life with a big deal.

“He might not get as much money as he would if he went to be a free agent, but I don’t think he’s going to leave a significant amount of money on the table.”

“I think he’s talking maybe he would settle with the Red Sox for one less year than he would if he went out and became a free agent. But I don’t think this will be the kind of thing where he could have made $50 million more if he went somewhere else "

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