Before his visit to the Cubs, Peter Gammons commented that the Cubs feel Lester is headed back to the Red Sox but will do their best to convince him otherwise.
"I think there's a chance, I really do," said Gammons. "I think the one thing — obviously the Cubs are going to make every play — I get the feeling the Cubs think he's going to go back to Boston. I think it's very smart for Lester and his agents to hold for another week. I think there is a feeling it is going to go past Thanksgiving, maybe into the first week into December."
If the Yankees start to get interested, then this would turn into "...the Red Sox ownership's worst nightmare — the Yankees and Theo Epstein negotiating against them."
There is no word on any offer being made by Theo Epstein as a result of the Cubs meetings with Lester yesterday, but one can assume something solid was put on the table.
The feeling there is that he might be more interested in being closer to family and by trading Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to the Cardinals on Monday, the Braves shed what could have been as much as $10 million from next season's payroll.
Aside from the Yankees, the Blue Jays and Cardinals have also signaled having an interest in Lester.
There have been no reports of planned meetings between Lester with any of these three teams.
Popular opinion is that Lester is projecting to command a contract for at least six years in the $130 million to $150 million range.
The question holding all of Red Sox Nation captive is will the Red Sox offer be enough?
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell