Jon Lester SP BOS 27 Days

Jon Lester has been named Boston's Opening Day starter.

Red Sox manager John Farrell made the announcement on Thursday in camp. Lester posted a 3.75 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 177 strikeouts in 213 1/3 innings last season for the World Series champions. His agent is currently discussing a long-term deal with the Boston front office.

Jon Lester SP BOS 28 Days

Jon Lester said Tuesday that his agents have had ongoing communication with the Red Sox on a possible contract extension, but said that there's nothing new to report on the progress of negotiations.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said over the weekend that he was hoping for a resolution one way or the other by the start of the regular season, so the clock is ticking. Lester, 30, is currently due to become a free agent after the season.

Jon Lester SP BOS 1 Month

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday that he's hoping to work out an extension with Jon Lester by the start of the 2014 regular season.

"We're still talking," said Cherington. "There's nothing else to report than that. I think the spirit of it has continued to be open -- sharing information, and focusing on resolving it one way or another this week before we get into Opening Day." Lester is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the 2014 World Series. He posted a 3.75 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 177 strikeouts in 213 1/3 innings last season.

Jon Lester SP BOS 1 Month

Jon Lester blanked the Phillies for 5 2/3 innings Friday in a game that concluded in a 2-2 tie.

All four hits Lester allowed were singles, and he ended up striking out five and walking one. He has a 0.71 ERA through three spring starts.

Jon Lester SP BOS 1 Month

Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox expect to have a resolution in contract negotiations with Jon Lester prior to Opening Day.

Speier also notes that the club expects to have a resolution with the David Ortiz talks, as well, though the general feeling there is that something gets done. Both Lester and Ortiz are currently slated to become free agents after the season, but Lester's case is obviously more complicated since he'll require a big long-term commitment. The left-hander has indicated that he's willing to take less money in order to remain in Boston.

Jon Lester SP BOS 1 Month

Jon Lester pitched three scoreless innings and struck out four Monday as the Red Sox topped the Rays 6-2.

It was Lester's spring debut after some earlier work on the side. Expectations were that he might only pitch two innings, but he was impressive and efficient enough that he got to throw three.

Jon Lester SP BOS 2 Months

Jon Lester will make his Grapefruit League debut next Monday against the Rays.

Lester was cleared for game action after throwing a simulated game Thursday. He's expected to throw two innings and around 35 pitches in his spring debut.

Jon Lester SP BOS 2 Months

The Red Sox and Jon Lester's agent have engaged in at least two conversations regarding a contract extension, according to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.

In January, Lester intimated he'd possibly be willing to take less money to stay with the Sox, so his willingness to get an extension done is evident. He posted a 3.75 ERA during the regular season but was spectacular in leading the Red Sox to a World Series title last season, so any deal should pay him handsomely for his accomplishments. The left-hander will make $13 million in 2014, the last year of his current deal.

Jon Lester SP BOS 3 Months

Jon Lester indicated Thursday that he could be willing to take a discount to stay with the Red Sox.

"I understand that to stay here, you're not going to get a free-agent deal," explained Lester. "You're not going to do it. You can't. It's not possible. You're bidding against one team. I understand you're going to take a discount to stay. Do I want to do that? Absolutely. But just like they want it to be fair for them, I want it to be fair for me and my family." Lester has yet to talk with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington about an extension, but he's optimistic that something could get done during spring training. The 30-year-old is currently due to hit free agency next offseason.

Jon Lester SP BOS 5 Months

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox are expected to wait until around spring training to begin extension talks with Jon Lester.

For luxury tax purposes, any extension they might agree to likely wouldn't be announced until after Opening Day. Lester's $13 million option for 2014 was officially exercised earlier this month, but he's currently due to hit free agency after next season and will score a big contract after his solid regular season and terrific postseason run.