With Contract Talks Tabled, It’s Time For Red Sox To Trade Jon Lester

July 24, 2014 2:37 PM
With Contract Talks Tabled, It’s Time For Red Sox To Trade Jon Lester
" BOSTON (CBS) — Just in case it wasn’t already perfectly clear that the Red Sox have no desire to sign Jon Lester to the contract he deserves, principal owner John Henry just made it loud and clear.

In an email to the Boston Herald, Henry said, “Both sides have put further discussion off until after the season. It’s clear that both Jon and our organization would like to see Jon back next year if possible.”

And with that statement, you might as well accept the fact that Lester’s days in a Boston uniform are numbered. The only question is whether that number is in single digits or whether he’ll play out the string, pitching with excellence for a last place team. But make no mistake about it — the Red Sox aren’t willing to do what it takes to sign their ace.

You can argue the merits of that belief until you’re blue in the face, as there are pros and cons to letting the 30-year-old walk in free agency. On the positive side, there is the avoidance of risk that is inherent with a long-term, big-money deal "

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