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Red Sox Make Jon Lester A Contract Offer

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Don't panic, Cubs fans. As of now, it's just an offer.

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This report from Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston ought to get you going this morning:

The Boston Red Sox made a contract offer to pitcher Jon Lester when he met with the team's owners earlier this week, according to a major league source.

The terms of the offer were not disclosed, and the source said he did not expect Lester to make a quick decision.

Lester met with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday and was scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, according to's Buster Olney.

Multiple published reports beyond Olney's stated that Lester was in Chicago Tuesday meeting with Cubs executives. Edes' article says that Lester should command a six-year deal worth somewhere between $130 million and $150 million.

The key phrase in Edes' article is that whatever source passed along this information also said that Lester wasn't expected to decide quickly. It does appear that he'll be listening to all offers; the Blue Jays and other teams might also get involved.

Nevertheless, I thought you'd all want to know about this today. I'm pretty sure you have opinions, so have at it.