Red Sox, Lester Put Contract Talks On Hold

March 31, 2014 2:14 PM
Red Sox, Lester Put Contract Talks On Hold
" BOSTON (CBS) – Opening day starter Jon Lester is entering the final year of a contract paying him $13 million for the 2014 season and is looking to extend it here in Boston beyond this year.

After leading the Red Sox to another World Series title back in October, a series in which he won two of the six games and allowed just one run, Lester, 30, is aiming for a long-term deal that will keep him a Red Sox for life.

On Sunday, his representatives and the team decided to table the discussions and put the negotiations on hold for now, leading to speculation that his definition of a “hometown discount” is very different than what the team initially had in mind.

By all accounts the two sides are on amicable terms, but they have mutually decided to put the negotiations on pause for the time being.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich program on Monday to talk the latest news in that situation, as well as a season preview.

For Pete, the contract talks will not go sour because Lester has reasonable agents "

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