Red Sox Rumors: Jon Lester speaks out on contract situation, potential trade

In today's Red Sox rumors and news update, Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester doesn't want people to confuse his decision to table contract talks with a desire to leave New England.

In fact, Lester assures that the current lapse in negotiations means absolutely nothing to his long-term future with the Red Sox.

“Doesn’t mean anything,” Lester said, via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. “There’s been plenty of guys who have taken less to come back. Mikey Lowell had more years and money with the Phillies and he came back. It’s not the end all for everybody. I’ve expressed to [ownership] I want to be here.”

While Lester would love to remain a part of the Red Sox organization, there are still lingering doubts when it comes to the upcoming July 31st non-waiver trade deadline.

“I don’t know,” Lester said of a potential trade. “It’s there. I think about it. Every year there’s that possibility. If that’s what happens, that’s what happens. I understand it. There wouldn’t be any bad feelings. It’s part of baseball. You have to think about it every year.”

In an email to the Boston Herald, Red Sox and Boston Globe owner John Henry had this to say: “I’m not going to discuss Jon’s situation out of respect for both Jon and [general manager] Ben [Cherington] 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.”


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