Jon Lester

Jon Lester, Red Sox continue to talk; no deadline set

Rob Bradford
November 24, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Even after a day in which the Red Sox allocated potentially more than $200 million to two players -- Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez -- the team remains engaged in negotiations with free agent pitcher Jon Lester, according to multiple sources. As of Monday night, a major league source suggested the two sides weren't close on brokering a deal, although they would continue their dialogue as Lester prepared to meet with other suitors. A pair of major league sources confirmed that no deadline had been set for Lester (or any other free agent the Red Sox might be pursuing) to commit to a deal. When asked about a Twitter report suggesting that the Red Sox were close to a deal with Lester, and the team had set a Wednesday deadline, one of the pitcher's agents, Seth Levinson of ACES, wrote in an email that it was, "inaccurate." Lester has already met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves, with an expected trip to St. Louis on the horizon. San Francisco and Toronto have also been identified as teams showing some level of interest in the lefty.