Lester is in the final season of his five-year, $30 million contract and has compiled a 10-7 record with a 2.52 ERA and 149 strikeouts this season for Boston. The Red Sox are 48-58 and 11 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East.
Lackey, 35, is scheduled to make $15.25 million next season, but the team holds a club option for the major league minimum salary due to Lackey’s Tommy John surgery in 2012. He is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA this year.
- Scooby Axson