12:57 PM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014

Fantasy Update

3 hours ago
Rotoworld
Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that extension talks with impending free agent Jon Lester have been tabled until after the 2014 season.
The Republican 54 mins ago

Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox done negotiating contract extension until season's end

The belief remains that Lester truly wants to stay with the Red Sox and will take less than market value to do so.

Status quo in Lester talks

TORONTO—A couple of quick hits before the Red Sox try to salvage a split with the Blue Jays Thursday afternoon: --It’s curious after weeks of silence on the topic that Sox majority owner John W. Henry finally weighed in on the Jon Lester contract situation, e-mailing the Boston Herald to say that the sides have agreed to “put off” further negotiations until after the season. But it’s a stretch to say that Henry’s comments are a sign that Lester is a goner, or that the Sox will not ultimately make an offer more in line with the current market for a top-of-the-line pitcher.

Larry Lucchino says the Sox have tabled contract talks with Jon Lester 7-24-14

Larry Lucchino discussed the latest on the contract talks with Jon Lester.
Full Count | WEEI 2 hours ago

Source: Jon Lester would be open to efficient in-season negotiations

TORONTO — According to an industry source, despite the statements by Red Sox officials (principal owner John Henry to the Boston Herald, CEO/President Larry Lucchino to WEEI) that the team has agreed with pitcher Jon Lester to postpone contract negotiations until after the season, the pitcher would be open to an in-season offer that was […]
Rotoworld 3 hours ago

Red Sox table extension talks with Jon Lester - Jon Lester (S) Boston Red Sox

Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that extension talks with impending free agent Jon Lester have been tabled until after the 2014 season.
Full Count | WEEI 3 hours ago

Larry Lucchino confirms Jon Lester contract negotiations tabled until after season

During his appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Thursday, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino confirmed that contract talks with Jon Lester have been put on hold until after the season, just before the left-hander officially becomes a free agent. “[Ben Cherington] may still have some continuing discussion with [agent] Seth [Levinson] on other issues or […]
Fenway Nation 3 hours ago
John Henry: Lester Talks Are Off Until After Season

John Henry: Lester Talks Are Off Until After Season

John Henry Surveys His Empire (Rick Friedman/Polaris)In an email sent to The Boston Herald last night, Red Sox Principal owner John Henry revealed that contract talks between the team and ace Jon Lester are off until after the season. Wrote Henry in the email, "I’m not going to discuss Jon’s situation out of respect for both Jon and Ben other than to say that both sides have put further discussion off until after the season. It’s clear that both Jon and our organization would like to see Jon back next year if possible." In our view, the key words in Henry's statement are the last two:...
Red Sox Reportedly Cut Off Contract Talks With Jon Lester Until After Season

Red Sox Reportedly Cut Off Contract Talks With Jon Lester Until After Season

The Red Sox will halt contract talks with ace Jon Lester until after the season.
Boston Herald 12 hours ago
Red Sox Notebook: Jon Lester talks off

Red Sox Notebook: Jon Lester talks off

TORONTO — If Jon Lester re-signs with the Red Sox, it won’t be until after the season.In an e-mail to the Herald last night, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the team has agreed not to resume contract talks with its ace left-hander until the season is done. In late June, Lester said he didn’t want to be bothered during the season with negotiations and risk becoming a distraction for the team.
Full Count | WEEI Jul 23, 2014

John Lackey on Jon Lester: ‘He’ll be just fine in five years’

TORONTO — John Lackey has a message for those fretting about Jon Lester living up to a contract stretching at least five years: don’t worry about it. “Jon’s a different deal, man. He works his butt off,” Lackey said. “He’ll be just fine in five years.” The debate surrounding the merits and pitfalls of signing [...]
Over the Monster Jul 22, 2014

Daily Red Sox Links: Stephen Drew, Jon Lester, Mookie Betts

Today's links look at Stephen Drew heating up at the plate, the Jon Lester pitch and Mookie Betts' trip back down to the minors. Extended metaphors about Stephen Drew. (Jason Mastrodonato; MassLive) Uplifting stories of triumph in the face of adversity (or, at the very least, a really prolonged slump.) (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston) Existential questions about the Red Sox. (Eric Wilbur; Boston.com) Punny headlines about Jon Lester. (Christopher Gasper; Boston Globe) And overreactions to statistics to create panic surrounding contract extensions. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) Definitive statements...
Over the Monster Jul 21, 2014
Red Sox need to move past fear, extend Jon Lester

Red Sox need to move past fear, extend Jon Lester

Or "how I learned to stop worrying and love the big contract." Are you one of the last remaining holdouts? When your friends talk about re-signing Jon Lester, do you just smile and nod? Can you not look at talk of a six-year contract without feeling physically ill? Do visions of nine-digit numbers keep you up at night? I was in the same boat not long ago. I wanted Jon Lester to stick around, but I also felt deep down that there was no way he would agree to stay at a price I was comfortable with. Having been burned by Beckett before, having lived through the debacle of the 2011-2012...
Jon Lester Dominant Again

Jon Lester Dominant Again

Jon Lester has put together one of the best stretches of his career.
Boston Herald Jul 21, 2014
Buckley: This Lester debate is not amusing

Buckley: This Lester debate is not amusing

So I keep saying the Red Sox should do everything possible to sign Jon Lester, and then all these little wannabe Branch Rickeys tell me that’s really funny and, well, that’s when I want to turn into Joe Pesci’s Tommy DeVito character from “GoodFellas.”
Boston Herald Jul 21, 2014
Doing more for Jon Lester

Doing more for Jon Lester

The Red Sox sure have made winning an interesting happening at Fenway Park this season.The walkoffs, the pinch-hit home runs, the nail-biting rallies and one-run wins in extra innings certainly have made for drama.So, that’s why yesterday was a welcome and leisurely stroll through the park.Jon Lester continued his dominance over Kansas City with eight shutout innings and the Red Sox bats became a solid, complementary piece to the All-Star left-hander’s efforts during a 6-0 victory over the Royals and a sweep of the three-game series.

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