In my opinion, Lester's hometown discount comments were actually a very calculated comment. He came right out in the open and used the media to try and help him get a contract. It's amazing how much grief Ortiz got from the media for wanting to add a year to his contract while Lester is getting full support from the media every hour on the hour.
JON LESTER'S 2012 AND 2013 SEASON STATISTICAL RANKING
2013 RED SOX STARTING PITCHERS VS. LEFTIES (REGULAR SEASON)
While he hasn't put up as good of numbers as Lester, Felix Doubront has been comparable the last two seasons. Doubront is making a whopping $586,000 this year compared to Lester's $13 million. Based on his numbers and comparable players, Lester should be thrilled with contract negotiations starting at over $17 million per year.