Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino appeared on WEEI Radio Thursday and said the team and Lester had contract talks during the season.
Lester reportedly turned down a four-year, $70 million deal. He is in the final season of a five-year, $30 million contract extension he signed in 2009.
“I think it’s a mistake to discuss the status of ongoing negotiations as it is a mistake to get fixated on an opening offer,” Lucchino said.
Lester, 30, is 5-6 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 83 strikeouts in 73 innings this season for the Red Sox, who have won three games in a row and are eight games back of the first-place Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. SI WIRE: Manny Ramirez apologizes for bad behavior while playing for Red Sox