Source: Six teams showing 'legitimate interest' in Jon Lester

Rob Bradford
November 12, 2014 - 10:32 am

PHOENIX -- According to a major league source, six teams have shown what could be classified as "legitimate interest" in free agent pitcher Jon Lester. The Red Sox are one of those clubs, while the Mariners (the pitcher's hometown team) are not in the mix. During a briefing with the Boston media Wednesday at the general managers' meetings, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said while he did meet with Lester's representatives Tuesday night, no figures had been exchanged. "I met with them kind of socially and talked about all sorts of things," Cherington said. "I expect the conversation will continue. They have to go through their thing. I still feel like the relationships are in place we can have those conversations." Cherington also said he doesn't expect any signings by the end of the week.