Red Sox picks up Lester’s 2014 option for $13 million

By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: September 9th, 2013 at 11:40 PM EST

The Boston Red Sox decided to keep one of their young pitchers through the 2014 season.

The team has announced that they have picked up Jon Lester’s $13 million dollar option for next season. While the team has said they are going to pick up this option, the contract still might need to be signed.

Jon Lester Boston Red Sox

Jon Lester (Getty Images)

The move was not a surprise, as he has been up-and-down over the past two seasons. And having a contract for one-year at $13 million is not a huge gamble, especially with the price athletes make.

He has made 30 starts this season, but has a 13-8 record in a 193.1 innings. He has a 3.86 ERA and has struck out 160 batters and walked 61 batters.

Since July 28th, he has four wins and nearly as many no decisions. He has three no decisions, as they came on September 8th, August 14th, and August 2nd.

Lester has been a member of the Red Sox since the 2006 season. He has only had three seasons, where he had less than 10 wins in a season, as they came in 2006, 2007, and last season.

He was just 9-14 last season, but has had four 15-plus win seasons. He has a career-high 19 wins during the 2010 season.

Lester has also pitched a no-hitter with the Red Sox on May 19, 2008. It was the 18th no-hitter for the franchise as the Red Sox won 7-0 over the Kansas City Royals.

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