Chicago Cubs sign free-agent ace Jon Lester
The Chicago Cubs have reportedly signed pitcher Jon Lester.
He is the best left-hander on the market. Lester chose the Cubs over Boston and San Francisco Tuesday night.
The Chicago Tribune reports the deal is worth a franchise-record of $155 million over six years with an option for 2021. That’s just under $26 million a year.
The Cubs will make it official after a physical.
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.
New manager Joe Maddon says Lester will have a positive influence on the Cubs’ young players.
The Cubs also acquired catcher, Miguel Montero from Arizona in exchange for two minor leaguers. He’s been an all-star twice with a career batting average of .264.