some words from our Ace

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    some words from our Ace

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/_/id/10340797/jon-lester-wants-remain-red-sox-take-hometown-discount

     

    "These guys are my No. 1 priority,'' Lester said during media availability at the Boston Baseball Writers' Association of America awards dinner. "I want to be here 'til they rip this jersey off my back."

     


    "I would hope they want me to stay here,'' Lester said. "Hopefully, we can get something done. When the time comes, we'll worry about it. If it's spring training, if it's during the season, the offseason the next year, these guys are my priority. We're going to listen to them first, and we'll see where we're at."

     


    looks like we can expect to lock up our ace on the cheap! (relative to positional wage)

    always great to see this type of attitude from a player. especially when they are one of Lester (or pedroias) calibur.

     
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    Pete Abraham ‏@PeteAbe

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    Here’s @JLester31 on wanting to stay with the #RedSox and the hometown discount: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2014/01/lester_staying_with_red_sox_a_priority.html 

     

     

    Jon Lester said he threw his first bullpen yesterday, only about a week and a half later than usual, after extra month of work with WS.

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        < Back to front page Text size  +   Lester: Staying with Red Sox a priority Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff   January 23, 2014 06:27 

       

    By Peter Abraham, Globe Staff

    Jon Lester laughed out loud Thursday when asked if he had taken notice of the lucrative contracts landed by fellow starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Masahiro Tanaka this offseason.

    “It’s hard not to pay attention to it,” the Red Sox lefthander said.

    Lester, who is signed through the end of the coming season, is one of the pitchers next in line for a new contract. He hopes to start negotiations with the Red Sox in spring training and readily admitted he would take a discount to continue his career in Boston.

    “These guys are my No 1 priority,” he said before the 75th annual award dinner hosted by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at the Westin Copley Place.

    Lester spoke candidly about his desire to stay with the Red Sox, acknowledging a loss of leverage if he signs sometime in the next few months instead of determining his value via free agency after the season.

    “I understand to stay here you’re not going to get a free agent deal," he said. "You’re not going to do it. It’s not possible. You’re bidding against one team. I understand you’re going to take a discount to stay.

    “Do I want to do that? Absolutely. But just like [the Red Sox] want it to be fair for them, I want it to be fair for me and my family. If we can get to something in spring training, that would be awesome.”

    Sam and Seth Levinson, the agents who negotiated the eight-year, $110 million extension for Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia that was agreed to last season, also represent Lester.

    Lester sees that deal as a template of sorts.

    “We all understand," he said. "Pedey, he left a lot of money on the table to stay here. That’s what he wanted to do. I understand that. That’s my choice; that’s his choice; that’s all of our choices. But at the same time, you don’t want to be the guy that makes that market come down a little bit.

    “I want to win. If that means taking a Pedroia deal where you stay here for less money to be happy and be competitive and win every year, let’s do it. Let’s get it done.”

    General manager Ben Cherington said negotiations have yet to start. But he acknowledged a desire to keep Lester.

    “Because we haven’t even had a conversation yet, I don’t want to start putting a calendar on it,” he said. “But we certainly share an interest in talking about a way to keep him here. And we’ll find a time to do that, start up that conversation.”

     

     
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    Pete Abraham ‏@PeteAbe 1m

    #RedSox pitcher of the year award to @JLester31 Standing ovation at the #BostonBBWAAdinner

     
     
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    Pete Abraham ‏@PeteAbe 19s

    Glavine joked that he was still mad the #RedSox didn't draft him. Also said that @JLester31 should have been WS MVP. #BostonBBWAAdinner

     
     
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    Re: some words from our Ace

    I don't know if I want to go six years with a pitcher. I think I'd rather give him 5 year/$100 million, although to be honest, I'm not sure what constitute a fair deal to him yet a team discount for the Sox.

    When they negotiate, it will be interesting to hear what Lester wants and what the Sox are offering.

    I tend to think they'll get it done because of who the agents are and both sides seem to want to get it done.

     
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    I think it is commendable for a guy to want to stay with the team that developed him. And, to give them a discount to do so. I don't know how smart it is to advertise that beforehand. 

     
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    In response to dgalehouse's comment:
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    I think it is commendable for a guy to want to stay with the team that developed him. And, to give them a discount to do so. I don't know how smart it is to advertise that beforehand. 

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    It's all negotiation ploys. Lester by saying he wants to stay, has the fans on his side, any delay in the deal will be the fault of the Sox. The Sox can't win. From a business perspective they should wait and see how the season plays out, because pitching is not as consistent as hitting. Lester is a free agent like any other free agent, and should be dealt with accordingly. 

     

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