Lester says conversations continue about contract

Lester says conversations continue about contract

NEW YORK -- Though Red Sox ace Jon Lester didn't pitch on Sunday night, he was surrounded by a crowd of reporters after his team beat the Yankees, 8-5.

This, after a report by ESPN's Buster Olney stated that the Red Sox have re-engaged in talks with Lester's representatives about a contract, perhaps making one last effort to get him signed before free agency.

"I mean, I don't think they've started anything. I know the conversation has been there throughout the season on different topics," said Lester. "Like I said from the beginning of the season, everything is amicable. Conversations continue, but nothing as far as contract or numbers or anything like that."

The Red Sox and Lester have both worked hard to keep the discussions private. For that reason, Lester was a little annoyed that he had to talk about the situation after his team recorded a series win in New York.

"Like I've said before, I think it's an added distraction that we don't need right now," Lester said. "We need to focus on playing good baseball and getting back to the top of the East and going from there, hopefully getting to the playoffs. We don't need to be worried about my contract stuff.

"That's the last thing I want these guys to have to answer questions about. I mean, kind of like tonight -- we got a big win, took a series from the Yankees, playing good baseball and we're sitting here talking about this. This is the last thing we need to be talking about right now."

Lester is having a solid season thus far, notching a 9-7 record and a 2.92 ERA in 17 starts.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.