Jon Lester

Source: Red Sox showing 'willingness to negotiate' with Jon Lester after initial offer

Rob Bradford
November 19, 2014 - 3:07 pm

According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox have made it clear that there will be a "willingness to negotiate" with Jon Lester and his representatives after extending an offer during the two sides' meeting earlier this week. While a Boston Globe report suggested the Sox' offer was for six years at between $110-120 million, the source suggested the team's initial offseason proposal was part of a more complex discussion about potential contract parameters. Earlier Wednesday, one of Lester's agents, Seth Levinson of ACES, emailed to state, "I will not comment on negotiations nor will I characterize a meeting other than to say that the Red Sox extended great respect to Jon." With a source suggesting six teams expressing "legitimate interest" as of last week, it is believed that the Red Sox would have to come up dramatically from their perceived comfort level prior to trading Lester at the non-waiver trade deadline. After a spring training offer of four years, $70 million, no formal proposals were extended by either side until the one this week. Lester was slated to meet with the Braves Thursday after having already conducted get-togethers with both the Red Sox and Cubs (Tuesday).