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Jon Lester hopes to remain with Red Sox beyond 2014

11.02.13 at 5:58 pm ET
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On Friday, the Red Sox picked up the $13 million option on Jon Lester‘s contract to keep the left-hander in the same uniform in which he’s played his entire career. No surprise there, shortly on the heels of the pitcher’s historic run through October in which he matched the single-postseason record for wins while going 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA.

“That’€™s a foregone conclusion that option would be picked up,” said manager John Farrell. “The way he pitched through not only his entire career here but it’€™s almost like he took it to a whole another level this postseason. he remained strong. He remained calm in the moment, when, Game 5 was a pivotal moment, and he walked to the mound like it was just another game and pitched with a calmness, a relaxation, and it was dominant, and it was great to see.’€

Lester, who signed a five-year, $30 million deal prior to the 2009 season that included the team option for the 2014 season, expressed his gratitude at knowing that he’ll be back in Boston next season. He remains hopeful that it will not be his last year.

“I haven’€™t had a chance to talk to [Sox GM Ben Cherington]. But to obviously be back for another year is awesome,” said Lester. “Hopefully that’€™s not the only one and we can be here for a long time. We’€™ll worry about that when the time comes.”

Like most of his teammates, Lester was more interested in thinking about celebrating his team’s title than contractual concerns on Saturday. The left-hander had been in a parade before when he was part of the 2007 World Series winners, but this time, the left-hander suggested, was different.

‘€œEverything then was such a whirlwind for me, being part of that situation, kind of getting thrown into it. I didn’€™t really get a chance to enjoy it,” he said. “This morning, I got here early with my family, just trying to really enjoy it and let everything soak in, and I think ‘€™07 was just for me thrown together. I was told where to go and sit on a duck boat and wave, and that’€™s about it. This year, we’€™ll definitely enjoy it a little bit more.”

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