• Boston picks up Lester's contract option for 2014

    Summary of 3 articles · Updated Nov 2, 2013
    Lester is happy to know he'll be back in 2014, and sounded like a man who would love to pitch in Boston for the rest of his career. "I don't even feel my body right now," said Lester. "It doesn't matter. The Red Sox have exercised their $13 million option on left-hander Jon Lester for next season. As for the back issue that bothered Lester during his gem in Game 5 of the World Series? He no longer feels a thing. Lester, 29, was 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 33 starts this season and was even better in the playoffs, going 4-1 with a 1.56 mark and 29 strikeouts in five postseason starts, leading the Sox to their third World Series title in 10 seasons. He was 4-1 during Boston's run to the World Series title, winning his starts in Games 1 and 5 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Pedroia, who sprained the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb while making a head-first dive at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day, expects to have surgery later this month.
    Source: MLB.com
    • Lester happy about option, hopes to stay longterm

      Jon Lester, who had his $13 million option picked up by the Red Sox on Friday after one of the best postseason performances by a starter in team history, seems like a man who would love to pitch in Boston for the rest of his career.
      Source: MLB.com
    • Lester on 2014, $13M option: 'It's awesome'

      The Boston Red Sox have exercised their $13 million option on left-hander Jon Lester for next season.
      Source: ESPN.com

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