Report: Lester 'not going to the highest bidder'

Report: Lester 'not going to the highest bidder'
August 13, 2014, 10:00 am
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I’m not going to the highest bidder. I’m going to the place that makes me and my family happy. If that’s Boston, it’s Boston.
Jon Lester

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Jon Lester is in the final year of a six-year, $42.75 million dollar contract.

The 30-year old cancer survivor will be a hot commodity when he enters free agency at season's end, but after winning his third consecutive start with the A's on Tuesday, Lester told the Boston Herald he won't be picking a team solely based on who offers him the most money ... even if it's the Red Sox who are the highest bidder.

"They told me, 'We're going to be aggressive,'" Lester said. "You’re going to get blown out of the water by some of these (other) offers.

"I’m like, ‘I don’t need to be blown out of the water.’ Why would I need to be blown out of the water? That doesn’t make or break your decision, at least for me. I’m not going to the highest bidder. I’m going to the place that makes me and my family happy. If that’s Boston, it’s Boston.”

[RECAP: Lester, A's defeat Royals 11-3]

Lester spent the first eight plus seasons of his career in a Red Sox uniform before he was shipped to the A's at the trade deadline.

He won two World Series in Boston and was named an All-Star three times.

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