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Jon Lester could be poised for major payday

NEW YORK – What is the incentive for Jon Lester to have a great season? CC Sabathia, Zack Greinke, Matt Cain, Felix Hernandez, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Justin Verlander, Adam Wainwright, Tim Lincecum, who have signed silly money deals.

If Lester continues to have a strong season, the Red Sox will have to take the big dip. It’s the dip they probably don’t want to take, but it’s the dip that teams around baseball have decided they need to take to keep their No. 1 starter on their team for the foreseeable future.

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