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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: Oakland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $11,625,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/86 | Average Draft Position: 95.39
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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.


Report: Red Sox to meet with Jon Lester soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Red Sox will meet with pitcher Jon Lester soon, according to ESPN.

That meeting could come as early as this week. Lester has spoken to general manager Ben Cherington already about the free-agent process, but said that was an informal meeting. The club's owners plan to meet with Lester this time around. Lester spent nine and a half season in Boston before being traded to Oakland at the trade deadline. The 30-year-old posted a 2.46 ERA over 219 2/3 innings. 


Red Sox still in early stages of free-agent process with Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Red Sox manager Ben Cherington said Wednesday his meeting Tuesday with free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester's agent was more of a social gathering and the two sides didn't talk specifics. However, Cherington added, "conversations will continue."

Cherington said the talks haven't progressed to the point where he has a sense of the contract Lester seeks


Report: Agents expect Lester talks to heat up after GM meetings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Starting pitcher Jon Lester's agents at ACES feel free-agent talks regarding their client will heat up once the general manager's meetings end this week, according to baseball analyst Peter Gammons.

Lester split the 2014 season between the Red Sox and Athletics. He went 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 32 starts. He also had 220 strikeouts in 219 2/3 innings.


Top arms out of reach for D-Backs, but Kenta Maeda could be option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart has made it clear he would like to improve the team's starting rotation, according to The Arizona Republic. Stewart could begin getting closer to his goal as early as this week at the general manager's meetings.

"I don't know if we get it accomplished this week," Stewart said, "but by the time we start the season I'd really like to try to improve our starting rotation.

"If we can clearly improve our team, then I'm not hesitant to make a trade. I don't know that we will or that we won't. What I know is that there's some clubs out there that we've had some conversations with that includes pitching, pretty good pitching. It's a matter of if we can make it happen or not."

Stewart doesn't think the Diamondbacks can afford to pursue free-agent starting pitchers Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, James Shields. However, Arizona might be in the mix for Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda, if the Hiroshima Carp make him available through the posting system.

"I think that he's going to be a great addition to the club that's going to be able to get his services," Stewart said. "We definitely have interest in him."


For now, Yankees have 'zero' plans to pursue Jon Lester, Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Yankees have "zero" plans at the moment to pursue free-agent starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Jon Lester, sources connected to the team told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Yankees are currently focused on finding mid-rotation options, with Brandon McCarthy, Jason Hammel and Chris Capuano being top targets.


Report: Red Sox could prefer Jon Lester to James Shields


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) The Red Sox will likely set their sights on potential free agent right-hander James Shields in the offseason. But they could instead attempt to bring Jon Lester back to Beantown, according to the Boston Herald.

The Herald has speculated that the Sox could offer Shields at least $20 million a year in exchange for a shorter contract of no more than four years. But Lester could prove more attractive despite a bit of a higher cost. He is two years younger.

Shields has not earned his "Big Game" nickname with a 4.96 lifetime ERA in postseason action. Lester is 6-4 with a 2.57 ERA in the postseason.


Jon Lester, James Shields to meet Tuesday in Wild Card game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Athletics will travel to Kansas City to face the Royals Tuesday in the AL Wild Card game, with Jon Lester facing James Shields in the single-elimination game.

Lester (16-11) has delivered 19 straight quality starts, with 11 coming since his trade to Oakland, and he delivered a 2.18 ERA and 86:19 K:BB ratio in 90 2/3 innings after the All-Star break. Shields (14-8) has turned in six straight quality starts, and he posted a 2.31 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 30:4 K:BB ratio in 35 innings over five September outings. The winner will face the Angels in the AL Division Series.


Jon Lester strikes out seven in loss vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester took a loss Wednesday, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits in seven innings while striking out seven in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Angels.

Lester (16-11) has rattled off 11 straight starts since being traded to Oakland from Boston. The Angels spread the damage throughout the outing, scoring in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings. He owns a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 220:48 K:BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings. Lester's next start will presumably come in the Wild Card round.


Jon Lester turns in fantastic start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester turned in a great start Friday against the Phillies. 

Lester allowed one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two during the outing. Lester gave up his only run in the fourth inning. With one out in the inning, Lester allowed a solo home run against Ryan Howard. The run didn’t impact him too much, as Lester tossed three more scoreless innings before being pulled. 

With the win, Lester improved to 16-10. He’ll take on the Angels in his next start. 


Jon Lester tosses six shutout innings


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Pitcher Jon Lester won for the fifth time since being acquired by the Athletics in Sunday's 4-0 victory over Seattle. Lester (15-10) allowed four hits over six scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking four.

Now boasting a 2.45 ERA, Lester will face the Phillies at home Saturday.


Jon Lester allows two runs in eight innings in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester earned a win Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in eight innings while striking out eight in his team's 11-2 victory over the White Sox.

Lester (14-10) was 0-3 in his last four starts coming into Tuesday, but his win gives him 16 straight quality starts dating back to mid-June. Both his runs Tuesday came in the seventh inning, one on a solo home run and the other on an RBI double that the batter tried to stretch into a triple before being thrown out. Lester owns a 2.52 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 199:42 K:BB ratio in 199 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mariners Sunday.


Jon Lester picks up hard-luck loss Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester tossed a fantastic start Wednesday against the Mariners.

Lester allowed two runs on seven hits over eight innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks during the outing. Lester was dominant over the first six innings, not giving up a run. He got himself in trouble in the seventh. To lead off the inning, Lester allowed back-to-back solo home runs to Kyle Seager and Corey Hart. After giving up a single to the next batter, Lester managed to get out of the inning without giving up any additional runs.

With the loss, Lester dropped to 13-10. He’ll take on the White Sox in his next start.