Buckley: How much should Sox spend on Lester?

Buckley: How much should Sox spend on Lester?
February 18, 2014, 2:30 am
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Jon Lester made it clear on Monday that he didn't jumble his words and nobody took them out of context: He wants to stay in Boston for the long haul.

That means taking a "discount" - if that's what you want to call $100 million dollars.

Bob Neumeier and Steve Buckley discussed Lester and what he could make in his new deal with the Sox.

"I think we're talking in excess of $100 million, probably five years," Buckley said. "I don't see going beyond six [years], and I don't see going beyond $120 [million]. So five years, $100 million seems to be the number bandied about, which is not cheap, but in the grand scheme and this is the most importance here, it's probably cheaper than what he'd get if he went on the open market."

Neumie thinks $20 million a year might be too low of a number, especially when you consider that the Yankees just signed Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $22 million a year.

Lester may want more like $24 million or $25 million a year according to Neumie.

"If you want to settle our differences somewhere between $20 million and $25 million a year as an annual salary, I think we can meet some common ground there," Buckley said. "I don't think $25 [million] is going to happen."