This is pretty big:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 8, 2014
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:
Lester agent Seth Levinson says idea of Red Sox being out and Giants, Cubs currently finalists “absolutely untrue”
— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) December 8, 2014
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.