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Source: Dodgers to talk to agents before final offers presented to Lester

12/9/2014

Here's the latest on the Jon Lester sweepstakes, according to Gordon Edes at the winter meetings in San Diego:

As of mid-afternoon (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, the Dodgers, who have had multiple conversations with Lester’s agents, expected to have at least one more conversation/meeting before Lester is presented with offers from all four teams still in the running, the other three being the Red Sox, Cubs and Giants, according to a major league source.

The offers are all believed to be in a comparable range (six years, $150 million), although the California teams, because of a higher state tax rate, may have to make up the difference and pay more to Lester on an average annual value basis, which counts against the luxury tax threshold.

The timetable for a decision still appears to be either Tuesday night or Wednesday.