Jon Lester SP BOS 3 Days

Jon Lester admitted Friday that even if he is traded before next week's non-waiver trade deadline, he would be open to returning to the Red Sox as a free agent next season.

Lester hasn't hidden his desire to remain with the Red Sox, and as they currently sit in the cellar of the American League East, it's an idea that may make sense for them as an organization. If they can flip the star southpaw for the best prospects they can get at the deadline, and then re-sign him over the Winter, the organization will be strengthened.

Jon Lester SP BOS 4 Days

Jon Lester gave up two runs over six innings against the Rays on Friday.

His lone mistake was a two-run homer by Desmond Jennings in the fifth inning. He left in line for the win, but the Rays took the lead in the seventh inning. The southpaw struck out seven and walked one in the no-decision and now owns a dominant 0.93 ERA and 34/3 K/BB ratio in 29 innings over four starts this month. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts. He'll try to keep it going when he makes his final start of July next week against the Blue Jays.

Jon Lester SP BOS 5 Days

Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that extension talks with impending free agent Jon Lester have been tabled until after the 2014 season.

Lester doesn't want to be distracted any longer by in-season contract negotiations and probably wants a taste of the open market -- where there could be crazy money flying around this winter. The 30-year-old left-hander is putting together the best season of his career at the perfect time, boasting a 2.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 142/31 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the Red Sox were prepared to offer him "$100 million for five years, or thereabouts."

Jon Lester SP BOS 9 Days

Jon Lester picked up his 10th win of the season after shutting out the Royals over eight innings on Sunday.

Lester was, once again, phenomenal. The lefty limited the Royals to four hits and two walks while striking out eight. He has now allowed one earned run or fewer in seven out of his last nine outings. Lester's ERA is down to 2.50 with a 1.12 WHIP and a 142/29 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. He'll look to continue the success when he takes on the Rays in Tampa on Friday.

Jon Lester SP BOS 15 Days

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox were prepared to up their extension offer to Jon Lester to "$100 million for five years, or thereabouts" before Lester halted negotiations.

The Red Sox' first offer -- which came during spring training -- was for four years and in the $70 million range, which Lester quickly rejected. The left-hander told Heyman that he was "thrown off" but the club wanting to rekindle negotiations in-season, so Lester decided to officially table them until the offseason. Lester has done nothing but increase his stock this season, posting a 2.65 ERA and 134/29 K/BB ratio over 129 first-half innings.

Jon Lester SP BOS 19 Days

Jon Lester fanned 12 while allowing one run in seven innings Thursday against the White Sox.

Lester left with a two-run lead, but that was blown by Koji Uehara in the ninth. It was Lester's third game with at least 12 strikeouts this season (only David Price has as many), and he has a 1.01 ERA over his last six starts.

Jon Lester SP BOS 24 Days

Jon Lester was outstanding in a no-decision against the Orioles on Saturday, allowing just a pair of unearned runs on five hits over eight strong innings.

Lester punched out seven on the afternoon without issuing a walk. It's the second consecutive outing that he's gone eight innings and hasn't allowed an earned run. The only damage against him came in the third inning where a pair of runs scored on an error by Xander Bogaerts. He'll bring a 2.73 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 122/29 K/BB ratio into Thursday's matchup against the White Sox.

Jon Lester SP BOS 25 Days

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox and Jon Lester have tabled in-season contract extension talks.

Both sides are still interested in a long-term deal, but Lester prefers to focus on pitching this season and put off contract talks. The left-hander understandably rejected a reported extension offer worth around $80 million this spring. The Red Sox will surely have to come up to $100 million or more to get something done.

Jon Lester SP BOS 25 Days

Friday's game between the Orioles and Red Sox has been postponed due to inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Arthur.

It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Saturday. Scheduled starters Miguel Gonzalez and Jon Lester will be pushed back a day.

Jon Lester SP BOS 1 Month

Jon Lester held the Yankees to one unearned run over eight innings Saturday to earn his ninth win.

Lester out-dueled Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka in the impressive outing. He allowed only five hits and two walks while fanning six Boston batters. Lester will carry a 9-7 record, 2.92 ERA, and 1.18 WHIP into his next outing at home against the Orioles. The 30-year-old left-hander will strike it rich if he makes it to open the market this fall. Or maybe the Red Sox will buck up before that happens.