Jon Lester

John Farrell: Red Sox 'are making every attempt' to bring back Jon Lester

November 25, 2014 - 9:57 am

It comes as little surprise to see Red Sox manager John Farrell beaming at the shape that his 2015 lineup is starting to take. With Pablo Sandoval -- a wrecking ball against right-handed pitchers -- at third base and Hanley Ramirez (who hammers both lefties and righties) now slated to join the middle of the team's lineup, the run-starved days of 2014 should prove far less frequent next season. "We'€™ve made two very good additions, no doubt, particularly before [when] you'€™d sense the free agent market really coming into shape. [GM Ben Cherington] has done a great job of being able to add these two players before Thanksgiving," said Farrell. "When you consider Hanley in left, Yoenis [Cespedes] in either center or right, you begin to look at power bats in a number of different positions and this is a really deep lineup as we stand today." Still, while the lineup (with that intriguing proposition of Cespedes at a different spot in the outfield) is now well-defined, Farrell acknowledged that the Sox' offseason work is incomplete. "What remains throughout the offseason is still an interesting proposition. ... We'€™ve got a ways to go through this offseason," said Farrell. "We'€™ve got complete trust in what Ben and his staff are doing. Clearly, there'€™s two prime pieces of evidence to suggest that. We'€™ve got work to be done, we'€™ve got additions to be made. So there'€™s going to be a number of things that are going to be interesting to follow here throughout the winter." Foremost among those will be the vacancy sign that hovers over 60 percent of the Red Sox rotation, with curiosity looming about whether the Red Sox might be able to bring Jon Lester back into the fold. Farrell acknowledged that the Sox are doing what they can to bring back the left-hander, though declined to handicap the likelihood of a return. "Like everyone else in the free-agent market, that'€™s to be determined. He'€™s earned the right to get to this point in his career," said Farrell. "I'€™m sure there'€™s a lot of teams that have a lot of interest in him and deservedly so. Confident that we'€™re making every attempt internally here and the hope would be to get him back here. We'€™ll get a better read on that in the coming weeks. ... We'€™re probably a quarter or a third of the way through the offseason so there'€™s time and a lot of options still available to us and it will be interesting to see what ends up on our roster."