Source: Red Sox exercise $13 million option for Jon Lester

Rob Bradford
November 01, 2013 - 1:40 pm

According to a Major League source, the Red Sox have exercised the $13 million option for Jon Lester for the 2014 season. Lester recently concluded the fifth year of a five-year, $30 million contract that had a team option for the 2014 season. The Sox had until midnight Saturday night to determine if they were going to pick up Lester's option. The 29-year-old has spent his entire eight-year career with the Red Sox. Last season, he went 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA over 213 1/3 innings in the regular season. Lester went 4-1 and allowed six runs over five postseason starts in the team's postseason run to a World Series championship. For more Red Sox coverage, visit