SAN DIEGO – While the Red Sox get bashed for not spending the money to get Jon Lester, one reader saw it the other way.
“Dustin Pedroia was the only player who put his money where his mouth is.”
Pedroia did indeed take the hometown discount when he re-signed at eight years for $110 million. He would have made so much more in the open market.
But Pedroia was a longtime teammate of Lester, one of his best friends, and Lester went with the Cubs who made the biggest offer at six years, $155 million with a vesting option and a $30 million signing bonus.
“Jon is my family,” Pedroia wrote in a text. “I always thought we would finish what we started here together and so did he. I’m so proud of him, the way he handled everything. The Cubs just got a franchise changing pitcher. Our relationship is stronger than a uniform.”
Lester’s personal catcher, David Ross, also a free agent, said, “Very happy for him, but a little sad. I know how much he loves those guys (in Boston). I know it was a tough decision.”
Lester eliminated the Giants Tuesday afternoon. They came in at six years and $150 million, and were willing to go a little higher, according to Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans. But they never got the chance.Follow Nick Cafardo on Twitter at @nickcafardo.