The Boston Red Sox played against the Philadelphia Phillies today in a game that ended up in a 2-2 tie. I know the saying is that a tie game is like kissing your sister but during Spring Training, the score means nothing. It is all about players getting themselves geared up and ready for the regular season.
Jon Lester certainly appears to be ready for the regular season to begin. He threw 5.2 scoreless innings and only allowed four hits. All those hits were singles. His command also seemed very impressive as he struck out four and walked one. So far, his Spring Training ERA is under 1.00. Lester is due to become a free agent at the end of this upcoming season. Those negotiations don’t appear to be a distraction at all.
Lester deserves a new contract and will hopefully continue his career in Boston. He was an absolute ace last year and was a huge reason why the Red Sox were able to go on their championship run. When a team has that No.1 starter who can get locked in and be lights-out in October, there is no telling how far a team can go. Many teams can ride that pitcher all the way to the promised land.
Lester seems very confident that a contract extension is going to happen. As a matter of fact, he seems so confident that he has said that he would continue to talk to the team once the season starts. He has also mentioned that he would take a discount to stay with the Red Sox. Boston has everything working in its favor to sign Lester to a long-term deal that will make everyone happy.
A quality left-handed starting pitcher is a very rare commodity. Boston needs to get him locked up for years to come. It’s the smartest move they can make.
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