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Why the Red Sox Might Let Jon Lester Walk

Lester, hurling at Boston's Fenway Park
Lester, hurling at Boston's Fenway ParkPhotograph by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

In his Sunday Baseball Notes column on the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo quotes an April Bloomberg Businessweek profile I wrote of Sox owner John Henry to shed some light on a question gripping Red Sox Nation these days: Will the club pony up enough money to re-sign ace pitcher Jon Lester, who is 30 years old?

Lester has repeatedly made clear that he’d take a discount to stay in Boston, something fans and teammates would love. But signing aging players to big contracts runs counter to the philosophy that Henry laid out to me in the piece (and insisted he’d adhere to): Build teams from within by relying on younger players. The Sox strayed from it several years ago to disastrous effect.