"I wouldn't be here if I didn't think we couldn't win in 2015," Lester said while sitting next to Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer. "I'm going in with the intention of winning in 2015. The division, the World Series, everything. I like to win."
Winning is why the Cubs broke out the check book for their new ace, swooning Lester away from the Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers with a six-year, $155 million contract.
Lester said he was sold on the Cubs rebuilding plan and his trust in Epstein, whom he played under during his days in Boston.
"When you know somebody you can tell when they're lying to you, and I could tell it wasn't the case," Lester said. "If they're BS-ing me, they did a good job."
With a top-line of offensive prospects ready to burst on the scene, the Cubs are not joking about competing for a playoff spot or even that coveted World Series as soon as next season.
"The hard work by our scouts and player development people to get us to this point, where we had a very competitive team on the field at the end of last season, beating some good teams, sweeping the Red Sox as Jon probably noticed, and having the best farm system in baseball, I think if it weren't for those things I don't think J
The Cubs are hoping with Lester those last place finishes are a thing of the past.