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31 Jon Lester SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 1/7/1984 | Birthplace: Tacoma, WA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $11,625,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/86 | Average Draft Position: 95.39
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Cubs officially announce signing of SP Jon Lester


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) The Cubs officially announced the signing of pitcher Jon Lester on Saturday, according to MLB.com. Lester and the Cubs agreed on a six-year, $155 million deal earlier in the week during the winter meetings, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The three-time All-Star was 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA in 32 starts between the Red Sox and Athletics in 2014. He is 116-67 with a 3.58 ERA in his nine-year MLB career.


Cubs land free agent Jon Lester for 6-year, $155 million


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Chicago Cubs and free agent pitcher Jon Lester have agreed on a six-year, $155 million deal, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Lester was said to have offers from multiple teams including the Giants, Red Sox, and Dodgers to go along with the Cubs.

The 30-year-old left hander went 16-11 as a member of both the Red Sox and Athletics in 2014, with a 2.46 ERA and 220 strikeouts. 


Giants informed they're out of Jon Lester sweepstakes


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans told reporters at the winter meetings on Tuesday that free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester informed the team he won't be signing with San Francisco, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

"We did not receive a rose," Evans said, referencing the popular reality TV show, "The Bachelor," per Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.

According to Heyman, the Cubs and Red Sox are still in play, and the Dodgers appear to be a long shot, since they've never met with Lester. The Cubs and Red Sox are expected to meet with Lester's camp late Tuesday, as the free agent ace reaches a final decision.


Report: Yankees could jump into Jon Lester sweepstakes


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Yankees could jump in late on the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

The team has claimed they are not in on the negotiations for the free agent ace. But ESPN claims it's hearing buzz that they could make a late and great bid to snag him.

Lester is expected to make a decision soon.


Red Sox manager Farrell: I think we can bring back Lester


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) John Farrell has expressed confidence that the Red Sox can re-sign ace Jon Lester. The free agent, who is reportedly nearing a decision, was sent to Oakland in a deadline deal last season after spending nearly nine seasons with Boston.

The Cubs, Giants and Dodgers are also in the running to land the services of Lester.


Jon Lester could make decision as early as Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Interested parties believe free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester could make his decision as early as Tuesday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Red Sox, Cubs, Giants and Dodgers appear to be the top finalists to sign the veteran left-handed pitcher.

Report: Hamels could be backup plan for Red Sox, if Lester deal fails


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels is considered a likely backup plan for the Red Sox, if they fail to sign starting pitcher Jon Lester, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Sources added it's not out of the question the Red Sox might try to acquire both players.

Cubs the latest team to jump in the Jon Lester sweepstakes


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Free agent pitcher Jon Lester is said to have at least four suitors in the Red Sox, Giants, Dodgers and now the Cubs, according CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Heyman reports the Cubs offer may exceed $140 million over six years, and it is believed that multiple teams are at more than $130 million. 

Lester posted a 2.46 ERA over 219 2/3 innings between Boston and Oakland in 2014. 


Dodgers may be the fourth team in on Jon Lester


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Dodgers may be the fourth team in on pitcher Jon Lester, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Dodgers interest in Lester was first mentioned by WEEI. Los Angeles is actually looking at most of the elite pitchers on the market, including Max Scherzer and James Shields. The Dodgers already have an incredible $240 million payroll, but the team is looking for depth in the rotation behind Clayton Kershaw. 


Report: Fourth team has entered bidding for Jon Lester


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) A surprise fourth team has entered the final bidding for free-agent pitcher Jon Lester, according to ESPN.

The Red Sox, Cubs and Giants are assumed to be three of the teams in the running, but the fourth club is unclear at this time. There's some speculation it could be the Cardinals, though that's not confirmed. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman mentioned the Cardinals, Royals and Blue Jays as some of the other teams linked to Lester. The Braves had previously been mentioned as a strong contender, but the team's reported offer may have come up short.

The 30-year-old Lester is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.46 ERA over 219 2/3 innings. He's expected to make his decision shortly. 


Report: Jon Lester 'likely' to make decision by end of week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) It is "likely" starting pitcher Jon Lester will make a decision regarding his free agency by the end of the week, a baseball executive told CSNNE.com. It appears the Cubs, Red Sox and Giants are the favorites to sign the veteran left-handed pitcher. 

Sources suggested the Cubs offered a six-year, $138 million deal, while the Red Sox appear willing to offer a six-year, $130 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. It's possible the Red Sox and Cubs could increase their offers, if they haven't already.

Lester, who met with the Giants on Monday, has also met with the Braves, but it appears their bid is lower than the other two, according to Heyman. There is no information yet on the Giants' negotiations with Lester.


Cubs, Red Sox bid at least $130M for Lester; Braves offer less


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Cubs and Red Sox appear to have made contract offers to free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester of at least $130 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Sources suggested the Cubs offered a six-year, $138 million deal, while the Red Sox appear willing to offer a six-year, $130 million for the left-handed hurler. It's possible the Red Sox and Cubs could increase their offers, if they haven't already.

Lester, who is meeting with the Giants on Monday, has also met with the Braves, but it appears their bid is lower than the other two.


Report: Reported Cubs' offer to Jon Lester is not accurate


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Sources have indicated the reported six-year, $135 million contract the Cubs offered pitcher Jon Lester is not accurate, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Along with the Cubs, the Red Sox, Giants, Braves and Cardinals have expressed serious interest in signing the left-handed pitcher, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Despite the various teams involved, Red Sox owner John Henry said he is ‘hopeful’ the Red Sox can lure Lester back to Boston, reports WEEI.com.


Report: Cubs have made 'significant offer' to Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) The Cubs have made a substantial offer to free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester, according to CSNChicago.com.

"What I'm hearing is the Chicago Cubs have made a significant offer -- significant north of $135 million," David Kaplan of CSN said Tuesday during his "Kap and Haugh" radio show. Kaplan added the Cubs' offer is a six-year deal.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Tuesday five clubs are seriously interested in signing the veteran left-handed pitcher. They are the Red Sox, Braves, Cubs, Giants and Cardinals. Lester is expected to make his decision sometime after Thanksgiving.


Farrell confident Red Sox are 'making every attempt' to sign Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Boston remains in the mix to bring back starting pitcher Jon Lester, even though the Red Sox just agreed to big free-agent deals with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

"Like everyone else in the free-agent market, that’s to be determined. He’s earned the right to get to this point in his career," Farrell said, per WEEI.com. "I’m sure there’s a lot of teams that have a lot of interest in him and deservedly so. Confident that we’re making every attempt internally here and the hope would be to get him back here. We’ll get a better read on that in the coming weeks. … We’re probably a quarter or a third of the way through the offseason so there’s time and a lot of options still available to us and it will be interesting to see what ends up on our roster."


Report: Giants have shown interest in Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Giants could be in play to sign a starting pitcher this offseason, a source told FOX Sports. San Francisco has shown interest in free agent pitcher Jon Lester.

Lester has already met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves.


Report: Jon Lester expected to meet with two other teams


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester is expected to meet with at least two other teams next week, according to WEEI.

Lester has already met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves. The identity of the other two teams is unknown at this time. Lester posted a 2.46 ERA over 219 2/3 innings last year. 


Report: Red Sox offer to Jon Lester worth $110-$120 million


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Red Sox offer to pitcher Jon Lester is reportedly between $110-$120 million, according to the Boston Globe

The reported offer is for six years. The 30-year-old Lester has already drawn significant interest on the market, and has been projected to earn more than the Red Sox reported offer. Lester is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.46 ERA over 219 2/3 innings. 


Report: Red Sox extend contract offer to Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Red Sox have made a contract offer to free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester, a major-league source told ESPN. However, the team is not expecting a quick decision.

One industry source said the Red Sox made an "aggressive" offer to Lester, and added it was longer than the four-year offer the team made in March, according to CSNNE.com.

Lester met with the Cubs on Tuesday and is reportedly set to meet with the Braves on Thursday. It's been reported that six teams are interested in signing the veteran left-handed hurler.

Baseball analyst Peter Gammons indicated during an interview Tuesday with WEEI in Boston that Lester returning to the Red Sox is a strong possibility. Lester began his MLB career in 2006 with Boston and remained with the team until being traded to Oakland at the 2014 non-waiver deadline in late July.

"I think the one thing -- obviously the Cubs are going to make every play -- I get the feeling the Cubs think he’s going to go back to Boston," Gammons said Tuesday.


Report: Cardinals 'in pursuit' of free agent SP Jon Lester


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Cardinals are reportedly joining the Jon Lester sweepstakes. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SeriusXM, the Cardinals are "in pursuit" of the free agent pitcher.

Lester went 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA in 32 starts between the Red Sox and Athletics in 2014. The three-time All-Star, has been drawing interest from the Cubs, Braves and Red Sox. According to an earlier report from baseball analyst Peter Gammons, the Cubs believe Lester could be returning to Boston.

Analyst: Cubs feel Jon Lester might be headed back to Red Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) While there are reportedly six teams interested in signing free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester, one of those teams -- the Cubs -- believe Lester could be returning to Boston, baseball analyst Peter Gammons said during an interview with WEEI on Tuesday.

Lester is meeting with the Cubs on Tuesday and reportedly set to meet with the Braves on Thursday.

"I think the one thing -- obviously the Cubs are going to make every play -- I get the feeling the Cubs think he’s going to go back to Boston," Gammons said. "I think it’s very smart for Lester and his agents to hold for another week. I think there is a feeling it is going to go past Thanksgiving, maybe into the first week into December and the hope is that the Yankees look at that starting rotation and they think -- I mean how do they know [Masahiro] Tanaka, [Michael] Pineda and [Ivan] Nova are going to be healthy next year and they start thinking about, 'OK, we have great bullpen, but…'

"That is Red Sox ownership’s worst nightmare — the Yankees and Theo Epstein negotiating against them. But, after spring training when ACES told them [they would see what the market bears], they are finding out the market is going to bare more than they ever imagined."


Report: Braves to meet with free agent SP Jon Lester on Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester will meet with the Braves on Thursday, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

The three-time All-Star was 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA in 32 starts between the Red Sox and Athletics in 2014. He is 116-67 with a 3.58 ERA in his nine-year MLB career.


Report: Royals have had discussions with Lester's agents


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) While Royals general manager Dayton Moore said the team is in discussions with every player, sources have indicated the Royals have spoken to pitcher Jon Lester’s agents, reports Fox Sports Kansas City.

"We are talking to everyone at this point," Moore said, per Fox Sports Kansas City. "We are trying to determine what the best direction is for our organization in regards to available players. That's all I can really say."

Lester is one of the most coveted pitchers on the free-agent market, with the Cubs and Red Sox showing the most interest.


Report: Braves have touched base with reps for Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Although Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said the team is not in the market for the top-tier free-agent starting pitchers, major-league sources told FOX Sports the Braves have touched base with the reps for free agent Jon Lester. However, their contact could be just a matter of due diligence.

The 31-year-old Lester lives just outside Atlanta. But it appears the Red Sox and Cubs are the two teams showing the most interest at this time.


Report: Jon Lester to meet with the Cubs next week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Cubs will meet with pitcher Jon Lester next week, according to 670 The Score. 

Chicago has been rumored to be a strong candidate to sign Lester, and the 30-year-old will hear their formal proposal next week. Lester is expected to draw a massive contract on the market, and should draw interest from a number of teams. Lester posted a 2.46 ERA over 219 2/3 innings.