Is contract year motivating Jon Lester?

Is contract year motivating Jon Lester?
May 5, 2014, 8:00 am
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John Lester is putting together a great season for the Red Sox. 

Trouble is, he is in his final year of his contract

On Sports Sunday, Michael Felger poses the question to Lou Merloni, is Jon Lester motivated by his contract year?

"I think it is motivating him." said Merloni, " He knows what he needs to do. This is a guy, I think he's feeding off the confidence from the postseason and the way he threw in the postseason. This guy is just locked in now."

Is it going to hurt the Red Sox in the end?

"If you dangle him, and he has the incredible year," says Merloni, "you don't mind paying money for this guy… If he goes out and has a season like he is so far… [negotiations] could get ridiculous. You're not going to do it."