Report: Red Sox offer Jon Lester six years, $110-120 million


Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reported Wednesday morning that the Red Sox had made an offer to free agent starter Jon Lester. And now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has been clued in on the terms that were presented: “According to a major league source,” tweets Cafardo, “the Red Sox offer to Lester falls into $110-$120 [million] range over six years.”

Lester and his agent can now shop that around to other interested teams. It’s by no means a final offer from Boston, and while six years seems about right it wouldn’t be shocking to see the final price tag soar near $150-$160 million. The Cubs are known to have heavy interest in Lester, and the Braves and Cardinals have both been linked to the pursuit over the past week.

Lester, 30, registered a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past year between Boston and Oakland. The left-hander was not eligible for a qualifying offer because he was traded midseason, so his free agency is not tied to draft pick compensation — making him all the more attractive.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.