GM says Red Sox will have “a conversation” with free agent Jon Lester

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No surprise, but general manager Ben Cherington confirmed that the Red Sox will be in contact with Jon Lester in an attempt to re-sign the free agent after trading him to the A’s on July 31.

Again, we’re going to try to build the best team we can, and that is one of the areas we need to add to, the rotation. We know him well and hope we get a chance to talk to him. I’m sure he’ll talk to others and I’m sure we’ll talk to others. We just have to get into the offseason and see what comes of it.

The relationship is in place that will allow for a conversation, and from there, we’ll see. He’ll have options; we will, too. And we look forward to having a constructive conversation at some point.

Trading away Lester for Yoenis Cespedes and then re-signing Lester as a free agent would be a nifty little series of events for the Red Sox, but the 30-year-old left-hander figures to have his pick of massive long-term contracts.

Lester had a 2.35 ERA in 11 starts for the A’s, finishing the season with a 2.46 ERA and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 220 innings overall. He was drafted by the Red Sox in 2002 and made 241 starts for Boston.