At his introductory press conference in Oakland, Jon Lester, acquired by the A's from the Red Sox after he couldn't come to a contract agreement in Boston, said he's not ruling out a return to the Red Sox when he becomes a free agent in the offseason.
“Any time you negotiate with a team and it doesn’t go the way everybody wants, I think there’s always going to be disappointment,” Lester said. “That’s not to say the effort wasn’t there on both sides to try to get something done. But my time in Boston is something that I’ll always remember, always cherish, from 2002 to yesterday. Nothing but great things to say about the organization, the way they treated me, the way they treated my family through the good times and the bad times. They were always consistent. I thanked them personally yesterday for everything they’ve done. We’ll see where that relationship goes later on. Right now, I’m an ‘A.“’
Lester turned down the Red Sox initial offer, reportedly for four years and $70 million. It will likely take at least a four-year deal and upwards of $25 million a year to sign Lester, 30, this winter.