Lester said he not only expects to have to take a discount in order to sign an extension with the team, but he is willing to do so. Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, who is eligible for free agency after the 2014 season, emphatically stated Thursday that his desire is to remain with Boston, and he expressed a willingness to take a discount in order to do so. Jon Lester will have no problem putting all his cards on the table and telling the Red Sox exactly what he wants once negotiations start on a new contract, which could happen in Spring Training. Lester said he has not yet spoken with general manager Ben Cherington regarding an extension, but said he was confident the Red Sox understood his desire to stay in Boston. "These guys are my No. 1 priority,'' Lester said during media availability at the Boston Baseball Writers' Association of America awards dinner. "I understand that to stay here, you're not going to get a free-agent deal. You're not going to do it. You can't. It's not possible.