Boston Red Sox
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Name  Jon Lester
Born  1/7/1984
Height  6-2
Weight  240
Number  31
Position  SP
Bats  L
Throws  L
4/12/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Boston ace Jon Lester recently turned down a four-year contract extension. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The offer was reportedly worth between $70-80 million. Lester (1-2, 2.57 ERA) figures he can make more on the open market this winter and he's probably right. Still, it's hard to envision him playing for anyone other than the Red Sox.
4/11/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester earned his first win of the season with 6 2/3 strong innings Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Lester is off to a good start for the second straight season. The 30-year-old left-hander has a 20/4 K/BB and a 2.57 ERA in his first 21 innings.
3/29/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says the team is pressing the "pause button" on contract negotiations with Jon Lester. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Cherington expects the two sides to re-visit the deal before the offseason. Keep in mind, Dustin Pedroia signed his eight-year extension last July. We're confident a deal will get done sooner or later.
3/24/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox are hoping to sign Jon Lester to a contract extension before the end of spring training. SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: They took care of David Ortiz yesterday (one-year, $16 million extension) and now it's Lester's turn. Lester enjoyed a nice bounceback season in 2013, posting a 3.75 ERA in 33 starts. He'll get the start Opening Day against Baltimore next Monday.
1/23/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Boston lefthander Jon Lester acknowledged that he'd be willing to take a paycut to stay with the Red Sox. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: His contract expires after the 2014 season. We expect the two sides will have a new deal in place by the time spring training rolls around. Lester is coming off a resurgent 2013 campaign that included 15 wins and a 3.75 ERA in 213 1/3 innings. He was 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in five postseason appearances.
10/21/2013 8:22:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have named Jon Lester their Game 1 starter for Wednesday's World Series opener. SOURCE: Danny Knobler, CBS Sports
Insight: Lester, the winner of Thursday's Game 5 in Detroit, will be pitching on six days rest. He's 2-1 this postseason with a 2.33 ERA in 19 1/3 innings.
10/13/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Jon Lester was terrific Saturday in a loss to Detroit.
Insight: Lester did everything he could to keep the Red Sox in the game, allowing just one run in 6 1/3 innings. Boston's bats never woke up, however, and now the Sox head into Game 2 Sunday night with ground to make up. The lefthander is tentatively scheduled to start Game 5 on Thursday, assuming there is one.
10/10/2013 3:36:00 PM
Description: Jon Lester will get the call Saturday in Game 1 of the ALCS. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: He'll be facing the winner of tonight's Tigers/A's game. Including the playoffs, Lester is 6-2 with a 2.74 ERA since August 1st.
10/5/2013 9:01:00 AM
Description: Jon Lester was outstanding Friday in a lopsided win over the Rays.
Insight: The Red Sox lefty went 7 2/3 innings for the victory, walking three with seven strikeouts. Two of the three hits he allowed were homers (one by Sean Rodriguez and one by Ben Zobrist) but both were solo shots. Friday was Lester's first postseason win in over five years (October 1, 2008 against the Angels).
9/30/2013 9:24:00 PM
Description: According to a WEEI report, the Red Sox are likely to go with Jon Lester in Game 1 of the Division Series.
Insight: It's an easy choice as Lester (15-8, 3.75 ERA) was far and away Boston's best pitcher in the second half. John Lackey is likely to start Game 2 with either Jake Peavy or Clay Buchholz starting Game 3. The Red Sox will face the winner of Wednesday's Wild Card game in Cleveland.
Hot9/20/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester's seven innings of one-run ball Friday against the Blue Jays helped Boston clinch the AL East.
Insight: Lester struck out eight, walked two and gave up five hits in his 15th win of the season. The lefty has been phenomenal down the stretch, going 5-2 with a 1.80 ERA over his last nine starts. He has won at least 15 games in five of his last six seasons, with 2012 being the exception.
Hot9/14/2013 8:01:00 PM
Description: Boston lefty Jon Lester was spectacular Saturday in a win against New York.
Insight: Lester (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 K's) has now pitched at least eight innings in each of his last two starts. The 29-year-old has been dominant since the All-Star break with six wins and a 2.38 ERA in 11 starts.
9/9/2013 9:14:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox will pick up Jon Lester's option for next season. SOURCE: Anthony Witrado, Sporting News
Insight: He'll earn $13 million in 2014. Lester had a tough first half (8-6, 4.58 ERA) but he's been much better since the All-Star break (5-2, 2.53 in ten starts).
9/3/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester prevented Max Scherzer from earning win No. 20 Tuesday by throwing seven innings of one-run ball.
Insight: Lester struck out nine and didn't walk a batter. The left-hander has had an up-and-down season and is 13-8 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 185 1/3 innings.
Hot8/24/2013 8:14:00 PM
Description: Boston lefthander Jon Lester (7 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 6 K's) turned in a vintage performance Saturday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Lester has looked excellent on this road trip (2-0, 0.57 ERA) and really for most of August (2-1, 2.70). The ten days of rest he got between the All-Star break and the start of the second half have helped tremendously as Lester is throwing harder and commanding his fastball better than he has in a long time. The rest hasn't helped him at the plate, however, as Lester remains hitless in his big league career (0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Saturday).
7/28/2013 8:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester shut out the Orioles in his seven innings of work Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Lester gave up four hits, walked two and struck out eight. The lefty has thrown three straight quality starts, and Sunday was his best start since early May.
7/23/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester ran his record to 9-6 with a victory over Tampa Bay Tuesday.
Insight: Lester threw 6 1/3 innings, allowed seven hits and two runs, struck out eight and didn't walk a batter for the first time this season. Prior to Tuesday, he had only allowed less than three runs once his in previous 11 starts and walked 4.09 batters per nine during that span.
7/20/2013 3:45:00 PM
Description: Boston lefthander Jon Lester will have his next start pushed back to Monday.
Insight: Lester was supposed to pitch Sunday against the Yankees but now Ryan Dempster will get the start instead. Lester is just 4-6 with a 5.24 ERA since May 1st (4-0, 3.11 in April).
7/3/2013 10:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester threw his best start since May 15 Wednesday against the Padres.
Insight: Lester improved to 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA on that day, but he went 2-4 with a 6.99 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP in 47 2/3 innings over his next eight starts. He gave up six hits and one run, walked one and struck out five over seven innings in a no decision against the Padres Wednesday.
6/28/2013 7:45:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester will make his next start according to NESN's Jenny Dell.
Insight: He suffered a minor hip injury late in his start Thursday against Toronto. Lester has dominated the Jays this season (3-0, 2.79 ERA) but he hasn't been nearly as impressive against the rest of the league (5-4, 5.29).