Toucher & Rich: Would You Pay Jon Lester $25 Million Per Year?

February 24, 2014 2:37 PM
Toucher & Rich: Would You Pay Jon Lester $25 Million Per Year?
" BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox ace Jon Lester said he would be willing to take a hometown discount to stay in Boston, and he reiterated that sentiment on the onset of spring training.

Now for the first time we’re learning of the contract specifics of what the Sox pitcher is looking for.

In an interview with WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche, Lester mentioned by name the contracts of Clayton Kershaw (>$30 million per year) and Justin Verlander (>$25 million per year), so it appears that his view of a hometown discount is different than most.

He restated on Sports Final his desire to stay in Boston, but also acknowledged that a deal will be tough to come by.

Lester said to Dan Roche, “It’s been a lot of fun to grow up here and I’d love to be one of those guys where, at the end, I say ‘thanks, here is my jersey. I’m going to go to the house now.’ That would be fun, but like I said, to get to that point, it’s going to be difficult "

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