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. ...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.
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.
August 13, 2014
Lester Remains Open On Returning To Red Sox
Jon Lester, Boston Herald:
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