August 13, 2014

Lester Remains Open On Returning To Red Sox

Jon Lester, Boston Herald:
My time there, the memories and all that stuff don't get erased based on this whole ordeal. I'm glad with where I'm at, and I understood where [Red Sox GM] Ben [Cherington] was at. At the end of the season, it's not going to change my mind about going back there if they are aggressive and competitive and do the things they say they're going to do. Boston is definitely a place I would go. ...

They told me, "We're going to be aggressive. You're going to get blown out of the water by some of these [other] offers." I'm like, "I don't need to be blown out of the water." Why would I need to be blown out of the water? That doesn't make or break your decision, at least for me. I'm not going to the highest bidder. I'm going to the place that makes me and my family happy. If that's Boston, it's Boston.
In his last eight starts for the Red Sox, Lester had a 1.07 ERA. ... In his three Oakland starts, Lester has allowed six runs in 21.2 innings (2.49 ERA), walking five and striking out 20. One of those outings was a complete-game, three-hit shutout against Minnesota.


FenFan said...

With all due respect to Mr. Lester, shouldn't he be focused on helping his current team, who are NOT the Red Sox, get to the postseason?

The media seems all too focused on this subject when any such decision won't happen for at least another three months.

FWIW, I'd be thrilled to see him back here next season but I'm not holding my breath.

Michael said...

The A's are quite definitely not going to resign him. Newsmongers need something to talk about.
It'd be fantastic if he came back, but I don't see it happening, especially with the kind of season he's having.

mattymatty said...

I'm sure Lester was answering a direct question, which is why he was discussing the topic in the first place.

What surprises me is that the Red Sox apparently told him they'd be aggressive. I've not heard that before.