The Red Sox have made Jon Lester an offer

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Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston.com reports that the Red Sox have made a contract offer to Jon Lester.

No details yet and, according to Edes, the Sox do not expect a quick answer from Lester. Which makes it feel like a due diligence sort of thing. “Let no one say we never made an offer” or what have you.

Or just a realization that Lester’s market is pretty hot and pretty wide open at the moment, with the Cubs, Braves and Cardinals all either taking meetings or at least having a dialogue with him in recent days.