Jon Lester decision expected soon; Cubs still in mix: reports
According to multiple reports, free agent pitcher Jon Lester will make his decision soon on where to sign.
According to a recent ESPN report, that decision could happen Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Chicago Cubs are very much in the mix, according to multiple reports. The Chicago Tribune, among others, has reported Lester could make at least $150 million over six or seven years from whichever team signs him.
There has been constant speculation around the Cubs being one of the few teams with offers on the table.
The Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly also showing strong interest in the lefty.
There’s also familiarity between Lester and Chicago: Cubs President Theo Epstein served as Boston Red Sox general manager from 2002-2011, with a brief hiatus in 2005. Lester began his career with the Red Sox.
Though Epstein was not the one who drafted Lester, he still watched the young lefty emerge as a solid left-handed starter for his club last decade.
Lester, 30, spent his entire career with Boston before the team traded him last season to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
His first start came in the 2006 season, before he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma the same year. After he was successfully treated, Lester returned to the Red Sox in the 2007 season. He won Boston’s clinching game of the World Series that fall.
Then, in 2013, he added another World Series to his resume, going 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in the postseason.
It’s no wonder why the Cubs would aggressively pursue Lester in hopes of winning their first championship since 1908: the lefty has a career record of 3-0 in the World Series.
Between Boston and Oakland last regular season, Lester was 16-11 with a career-best 2.46 ERA.