Roche: Don’t Blame Jon Lester If He Doesn’t Come Back To Boston

December 9, 2014 1:29 PM
Roche: Don’t Blame Jon Lester If He Doesn’t Come Back To Boston
" San Diego (CBS) - Jon Lester has done everything right in this entire free agency process. He’s also learned that things don’t always go as planned or as one hopes . at times.

The 30-year-old left hander and his wife Farrah are making a choice that is best for them. Period. And they have earned that right.

Let’s go back to February. The Sox and Lester were on top of the world. He had just led the Red Sox to their third World Series title in 10 years. He hit Fort Myers thinking he was going to spend at least the next five years in Boston. He loved everything about where he was at in his life and he was in a great position as a free agent. Except, he really didn’t want to be one.

Jon Lester wanted to remain a Red Sox for life. He also didn’t like negotiations. He wanted to walk into a meeting with his agents, Sam and Seth Levinson, sit down with John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, and Ben Cherington and hammer out a deal. He knew what other comparable pitchers had received for deals and he wasn’t looking to break the bank "

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