Jon Lester made a classy move by taking a full-age ad in the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe to show his gratitude to the Boston Red Sox and their fans. The 30-year-old lefty, who was playing his ninth season for the Red Sox before they traded him to Oakland on the day of the non-waiver trade deadline, also thanked the organization and said "Boston will always be my home."
— Boston Globe Sports (@BGlobeSports) August 3, 2014
Lester helped the Red Sox win two World Series titles and was named an All-Star three times during his tenure in Boston. While Lester's future is uncertain, those Red Sox fans he thanked could very well be watching him pitch in a Boston uniform in Fenway Park next year. Lester becomes a free agent after the 2014 season. Days before the trade deadline, he said he would be open to returning to the Red Sox even if they were to deal him.
"Yeah, why not?" Lester said, via ESPNBoston.com. "I mean, this is what I know, this is what I love. Like I've said many times, this is where I want to be. If they trade me, I completely understand."
The speculation has already begun. A few Red Sox players think Lester will return and the team is reportedly planning on pursuing him when free agency begins.
A few Red Sox players this morning said they're convinced Jon Lester will re-sign with Boston in the offseason.
— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) August 2, 2014
I'm having a tough time believing this, but I'm told Red Sox plan to make huge effort to re-sign Lester
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2014
Good luck in Oakland for 3 months, @jlester31 - thanks for 2007 + 2013, was fun watching you grow into an ace. See you on the 2015 Sox.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 31, 2014
I haven't heard anything about a "handshake agreement" for Lester to return, but I have heard optimism from within Red Sox that he's back.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) July 31, 2014