Sources: Only one offer made in Jon Lester talks, yet both sides understand parameters of preferred landing spots

Rob Bradford
July 29, 2014 - 1:53 pm

According to multiple sources, the only offer made by either side in the Jon Lester negotiations -- from Lester's representatives or the Red Sox -- was the initial offering of four years, $70 million by the Sox at the end of spring training. Yet, according to the sources, even with just the one formal offer, both sides have a "pretty good" understanding of what the respective parties are looking for their landing spots to be. The talks have been, and continue to be, classified as cordial and without animosity. With the parameters in place, and no further communication scheduled until after the season, it has led the Red Sox to explore trade options involving the lefty. While Lester is scheduled to pitch Wednesday, sources suggest there is still some uncertainty regarding whether or not he will make the start. Red Sox manager John Farrell said prior to Tuesday night's game that if Lester isn't able to go in the Sox' series finale against the Blue Jays, Brandon Workman would fill in.