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Jon Lester Still Feeling Strong About Return To Red Sox After Season

Jon Lester will be an unrestricted free agent after the season - Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images via ESPN.com

Jon Lester will be an unrestricted free agent after the season – Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images via ESPN.com

Starting ace Jon Lester, who was dealt to the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline, is still willing to go back to the team that shipped him away: the Boston Red Sox.

According to John Tomase of the Boston Herald, Lester has reportedly still left a window open for the Red Sox to sign him at the end of the season, and that it won’t take top money to woo him.

Here’s what Lester said about a possible re-unitement with Boston, per Tomase:

“My time there, the memories and all that stuff don’t get erased based on this whole ordeal. I’m glad with where I’m at, and I understood where Ben (Cherington) was at. At the end of the season, it’s not going to change my mind about going back there if they are aggressive and competitive and do the things they say they’re going to do. Boston is definitely a place I would go.”

Lester elaborated on Boston’s aggressiveness, and explained he’s not going to a team solely off how much money he’d get, per Tomase:

“They told me, ‘We’re going to be aggressive. You’re going to get blown out the water by some of these (other) offers.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t need to be blown out of the water.’ Why would I need to be blown out of the water? That doesn’t make or break your decision, at least for me. I’m not going to the highest bidder. I’m going to the place that makes me and my family happy. If that’s Boston, it’s Boston.”

Lester, 30, spent nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox, and has won two World Series titles with the organization, so to say they’re not the frontrunners to land the All-Star lefty would be an understatement.

If general manager, Cherington, is able to retain Lester at the end of the season, won’t that boost his resumé twofold. He goes out, trades for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, and re-signs the big piece that got him (Lester) – genius.

This season between Boston and Oakland, Lester has a 13-7 record with a 2.51 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 185.4 innings.

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