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Lester says he's not worried about contract, trying to prepare

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (WHDH) - Ryan Dempster's decision to sit out the season clears up the picture at the back end of the Red Sox rotation. But there is definitely no debate when it comes to the staff's ace, Jon Lester is ready to get paid and the biggest question is will the Sox ante up?

Lester comes into camp in the final year of his deal and at age 30, coming off a postseason where he went 4-1 with a 1.56 era and led the Sox to a World Series title, he'll be able to cash in.

The lefty's gone on record that his priority is to stay with the only organization he's ever known.

He's even willing to take a "hometown discount" to make it happen, no matter when his contract talks with the team kick off.

"That’s not really something I’m concerned about right now. I’ve got to be worried about getting ready for the season; physically, getting ready, mentally getting ready for the season. The guys that handle that, that I pay to do that handle that and worry about that and when things start happening, make a decision from there. If it's something that we do get done during spring training, great. If it's not, I think you have to take everything as it comes. If that involves going through the season and still talking or getting it done early, we'll just kind of play it by ear and see what happens,” Lester said.

Lester playing it cool when it comes to talking about negotiations, but one thing he is fired up about is being the envy of 29 other teams. He says he's excited to have a target on his back as a defending World Series champion.
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