Report: The Sox are out! Jon Lester choosing between the Giants and Cubs

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This is pretty big:

Lester, of course, has always been able to choose where he wants to go. But I think everyone, on some level, thought the Red Sox would be in the game until the end and, possibly, win his services. The Dodgers were in on Lester too and, presumably, are now out as well.

All of this a function of the price tag, obviously. Lester is likely pushing for $150 million and that, it seems is too rich for the Sox’ and Dodgers’ blood.

UPDATE: Lester’s agent is denying Rosenthal’s report:

Worth noting, of course, that Lester’s agent has an interest in making it look as though as many teams are in on the bidding as possible.