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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bradford: Did Red Sox learn their lesson after Jon Lester mess-up? | WEEI

Oh, by the way, the Red Sox blew it five years ago.

That was the out-of-nowhere admission by principal owner John Henry Monday. It came and went in the midst of the 22-minute get-together with the team’s ownership with nary a warning and very little follow-up. Yet the proclamation made by Henry was something that was a long time in coming.

“I think we blew the Jon Lester—we blew that signing in spring training,” Henry said. “So for reasons that are pretty apparent now, which I won’t go into, but they’re apparent. But it wasn’t… you can see what’s gone on in free agency. The price of WAR has gone up radically (enough) that it’s difficult whether it’s a pitcher or a position player entering into a really long term contract with high dollars. And we haven’t had a great track record. We’ve done better with pitchers perhaps than we have with hitters and really long-term contracts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2019 at 08:44 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: jon lester, red sox

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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: February 19, 2019 at 10:46 AM (#5816342)
My presumption is that if the Red Sox had retained Lester for similar money to the Cubs (6/$150m, 7th year option w/$10 buyout), they don't sign David Price. Price has been better over his three years in Boston than it feels like, as a Red Sox fan, but it may be that the expectations for Price were sky high. At any rate, Lester was one of the Boston fan base's favorite players throughout his time with the Red Sox...I wish he hadn't left.
   2. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 19, 2019 at 05:20 PM (#5816615)
My presumption is that if the Red Sox had retained Lester for similar money to the Cubs (6/$150m, 7th year option w/$10 buyout)


But that's where they really stuffed it. They offered him like 4/80. I believe most people close to the situation reckon they could've nailed it down with something reasonable like 5/120. Or am I misremembering?
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: February 19, 2019 at 05:36 PM (#5816621)
I believe most people close to the situation reckon they could've nailed it down with something reasonable like 5/120. Or am I misremembering?
That's what the article supposes.
   4. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: February 19, 2019 at 05:42 PM (#5816623)
#3, Ah, I didn't RTFA, pretty slack on my part.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: February 19, 2019 at 09:44 PM (#5816685)
Much like the answer to "Beatles or Stones?" is "The Who", the answer to "Lester or Price?" is "Scherzer."
   6. Lassus Posted: February 20, 2019 at 08:43 AM (#5816729)
Much like the answer to "Beatles or Stones?" is "The Who" "The Kinks"
   7. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: February 20, 2019 at 09:07 AM (#5816732)
My recollection is that had the Sox offered a Homer Bailey deal Lester was prepared to accept it.

What can ya' do? It's awful being a Boston sports fan, do you realize for the last 17 days there has been no sports team in town playing games that won a title in the last year?

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