Jon Lester was certainly open to a return, as he articulated to WEEI.com in early May.
And the majority of the Red Sox' fan base was clearly enamored with the idea of Lester coming back to Boston.
But, at the moment, it doesn't look like that scenario is going to become a reality.
According to a major league source, the Red Sox haven't expressed interest in signing Lester, who came a free agent after the Cubs chose not to pick up the lefty's $25 million option for 2021.
It was at the MLB Winter Meetings six years ago when the Red Sox lost out to Chicago for the services of Lester. Now the 36-year-old is looking for new team once again, coming off a 2020 season in which he totaled a 5.16 ERA in his 12 starts.
The Cubs have left the door open for a reunion with Lester, who bought the city of Chicago a weekends-worth of beer as a measure of thanks just in case he didn't return.
The Red Sox have made calls on veteran free agent pitchers, such as Charlie Morton (who signed with the Braves), Corey Kluber and Matt Shoemaker. Sean McAdam also has reported the team is interested in Japanese pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano, who was just recently posted by the Yomiuri Giants.