Pitching in Major League Baseball is a premium; having a top of the staff ace and leader is a must if you want to win championships. The Sox have that person in Jon Lester, who is in the last year of his contract.
The Sox have been trying to negotiate with Lester and he has said he wants to stay and would take a hometown discount such as Dustin Pedroia did last year. With the notable contract of Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer about to hit market, the Sox would be wise to lock him up now.
The longer they wait Lester’s price could go up. He just threw a 15 strikeout gem on Saturday May, 3 and has been the staff leader coming of the 2013 World Series victory. He has overcome adversity before—having Lymphoma in 2006, then coming back to win the clinching game four of the 2007 World Series against Colorado.
He also threw his 1st no hitter on May 19, 2008, as if winning a World Series wasn’t enough to show his toughness. He would overcome adversity yet again with disastrous years in 2011 and 2012 for the Red Sox, bouncing back to win the World Series in 2013. His career stats have him at 103-60 wins/losses with a 3.72 era and 1,425.0 IP.
Now compare that with Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers who at 29 years of age has a record of 76-46 and a 3.62 era with1,058.0 IP. Scherzer just turned down a reported 6 year contract worth 144 million dollars. Scherzer has only had one big season which was last year. With that being said, it is time to find out Lester’s bottom line, try to meet him in the middle and lock him up before he changes his mind.