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34 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: 26.79
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Cubs' Lester says he has a 'normal day' during minor-league outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester threw 54 pitches in a minor-league game Thursday, per MLB.com. Lester gave up one hit and one walk, while striking out three of the 12 batters he faced.

“What I was really watching was him and watching his face and he never seemed like anything bothered him, so I know his arm feels great and that’s all I was worried about,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He felt good and his energy was good (Thursday). … He threw some nice fastballs, nice cutters, yeah, yeah, yeah, but I thought he looked comfortable and that’s the most important thing.”

Thursday was the first time Lester pitched in a game since being scratched last week due to a tired arm. Lester is scheduled to make one more start before the season opener (April 5) against the Cardinals. He is scheduled to throw 75-80 pitches in a minor-league start next week.

“Today was good, today was a normal day,” Lester said. “[I’ll] come back tomorrow and go about work again.”


Cubs pitcher Jon Lester could be 'restricted' for Opening Day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester may be on a pitch count and "restricted" for his Opening Day start against the Cardinals April 5, according to ESPN.

Lester, in his first season with the Cubs, missed his most recent spring start with arm fatigue.

"He might somewhat be restricted regarding length in that first game," manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday.

Maddon also said Lester has thrown 70 pitches in a start this spring and will be limited to 60 Thursday. Lester is expected to pitch in minor league games for the next two weeks to control the environment.

"I'm not concerned who he pitches against," Maddon said. "He just needs somebody standing up there so he gets the requisite number of pitches thrown. If he says he feels good, then I feel good."

"Everything is fine," Lester said Tuesday. "At the time it felt like the right thing to do. There is no reason to push yourself."


Cubs' Jon Lester throws 40 pitches Tuesday, will throw 60 Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester threw 40 pitches during a side session Tuesday, according to baseball analyst Bruce Levine. He is expected to stretch out to 60 pitches during a minor-league game Thursday, per the Chicago Tribune.

“We want to be able to control the number of pitches,” manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. “If he’s having a long inning, then we can flip it over and get him into the dugout. It’s just more of a controlled environment. He’s fine, we want to be able to control it.”

Lester missed his last spring start Saturday due to arm fatigue, but the Cubs are expecting him to be ready for Opening Day.

“I’m not concerned who he’s pitching against, just so he’s standing up there and gets the requisite number of pitches thrown,” Maddon said. “If he says he feels good, I feel good.”


Cubs' Jon Lester throws side session, on track for Opening Day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester threw a side sesson Monday after being scratched from his last scheduled start due to a tired arm and said he's on schedule for Opening Day, MLB.com reports.

"Today was more getting out there, getting my feet under me and going through my normal routine," Lester said Monday. "The other stuff will be there. We’re still in the process of building arm strength and arm speed and that will come as the innings get higher. I’ve always felt it takes me a little longer, maybe toward the end of May, when you feel strong, you feel good and just go through the five days with the games, throwing 100 something pitches every fifth day. It takes some time to where you’re consistent with everything."

Lester has allowed six earned runs in 8 1/3 innings this spring while striking out nine and walking one.


Cubs ace Jon Lester not concerned at all about arm fatigue


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester, who was scratched from his spring start Saturday due to dead arm, said he is not concerned about the arm issue, per MLB.com. Lester, who will throw a side session Monday, said he is dealing with no pain.

Lester added it's normal arm fatigue and said it usually happens a little earlier or later for him, per ESPN.

"If this was during the season, it wouldn't be an issue," he said. "You can ask every pitcher, it's an every year thing for everybody. It's nothing out of the ordinary."

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday he is expecting Lester to be ready by the season opener (April 5) against the Cardinals.


Cubs' Maddon expecting Jon Lester (arm) to be ready by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon said ace Jon Lester is having his next spring start pushed back due to dead arm, per the Chicago Sun-Times. However, Maddon doesn't believe the injury will affect Lester's ability to pitch in the season opener (April 5) against the Cardinals.

"He came out of the chute really strong and probably went after it a little bit too hard too early," Maddon said, per Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Lester opened the spring with five scoreless innings in his first two starts before getting rocked for six runs on seven hits (two home runs) and one walk in 3 1/3 innings during his last start Monday against the Padres. He is 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA.


Cubs' Maddon proud Lester did not blame catcher for bad outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester had his worst outing of the spring thus far Monday against the Padres, yielding six runs on seven hits (two home runs) in 3 1/3 innings. It was his first game working with catcher Welington Castillo, who tried to take the blame for Lester's poor outing but the veteran pitcher wouldn't have it.

"I was so proud of Jon Lester," manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday morning, per ESPN. "Lester would not permit [catcher] Welington Castillo to take blame for any of his shortcomings yesterday.

"It was so refreshing and good. This is so awesome, that your guy is that accountable and that your guy gets it. He probably elevated Welington so much from that conversation. I could not be more proud of a player on my team than I was yesterday."

Lester had tossed five scoreless innings in his first two spring starts, allowing four hits and no walks.

"Wely came in a couple times in the dugout and apologized for some stuff, and I don't know what he was getting at," Lester said. "I'm the one chucking the ball, he's not. When it comes down to it, it doesn't matter who you have back there, you're the one trying to execute the pitches, and I flat out did not execute the pitches."


Cubs pitcher Jon Lester struggles in start Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester struggled to find a rhythm Monday, surrendering five runs over 3 2/3 innings to the Padres. Lester said he wasn't feeling right from the get go Monday, reports MLB.com.

"Everything was flat, the ball was up," he said. "I'd execute a pitch, and go back to throwing two or three where I didn't want to. You're not always going to have starts like I've had the past two where you have to go down to the bullpen to throw extras. Obviously, I didn't do a very good job today minimizing any damage. It's things to improve on, things to work on. It's Spring Training, and I hate saying that, but you have step back and look at the big picture. By no means am I happy with how things went today."


Cubs SP Jon Lester Ks three in first spring action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract in December, looked sharp in his first spring action on Friday against the Reds. The left-hander struck out three of the six batters he faced, per MLB.com.

"He's been Jon Lester," manager Joe Maddon said. "I think he's a guy who leads by example, although if he were to say something, everybody does listen. He's been that guy, he's been exactly what I expected, a consummate pro, quiet in his own way."

Lester will be Chicago's opening day starter on April 5 against the Cardinals.


New team, same story: Jon Lester to start Cubs' season opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon announced Monday starting pitcher Jon Lester will start the season opener (April 5) against the Cardinals. Maddon said he wanted to talk to Lester before making the announcement.

It was be the fifth straight year Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract in December, will start opening day. He started the last four opening days for the Red Sox.


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."