Source: No meaningful progress in Jon Lester negotiations

Rob Bradford
June 29, 2014 - 6:33 pm

In the wake of a report from ESPN's Buster Olney that the Red Sox "have re-engaged Lester's representation in recent hours" and are "taking what might be one last run at trying to sign the left-hander," an industry source downplayed the significance of the contact. While the Red Sox do seem to want to re-engage with Lester, there have been no signs of progress that would point towards an increased likelihood of an agreement. Lester, according to the source, does not want in-season talks to become a distraction from pitching -- something he fears could happen if the negotiations were to last any more than a few days. Lester is now 9-7 with a career-best 2.92 ERA with 9.1 strikeouts and a career-low 2.3 walks per nine innings in 17 starts this year. He's averaging 6 2/3 innings per start, and is tied for the team lead with 12 quality starts. "He'€™s been our ace," manager John Farrell told reporters on Saturday night, after Lester bested Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees, 2-1. "He'€™s been the guy we'€™ve looked to every time he'€™s walked to the mound, to give us an opportunity to win."