Jon Lester said to be holding out for $150 million

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The Jon Lester drama, which seems to be stretched out given that he has, reportedly, several offers in hand, is apparently about hitting a magic number. Indeed, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com was told that Lester’s are trying to get one of the teams involved to increase their offer to $150 million.

He is thought to have an offer in the $130 million range from Boston, but with the Giants and Cubs serious too, it’s possible that someone will go that extra mile and make him a $150 million man.

Worth remembering that, last spring, the Red Sox could’ve had him locked up for $110 million.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.