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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: 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. 


Jon Lester hit with tough-luck loss Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester put together another solid start on Friday but was hit with a tough-luck loss against the Angels in Anaheim. The left-hander permitted three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings of a 4-0 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 13 innings, Lester has allowed only three earned runs. He owns a 2.55 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 27 starts (183 2/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Seattle.

Jon Lester fantastic against the Angels


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester turned in a fantastic start Saturday against the Angels.

Lester allowed one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. Lester got off to a tremendous start, tossing six scoreless frames to open the game. He was tagged for his only run in the seventh. Lester gave up a single and a double to open the inning. He then allowed a run-scoring single to the next batter he faced. Lester got out of the inning without giving up any additional runs. He was pulled after throwing 109 pitches. 

Lester left with the game tied, earning a no-decision. He’ll take on the Angels in his next start. 


Athletics shake up weekend rotation


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) The Athletics have altered their rotation for the weekend series against the Angels.

Jason Hammel will be skipped. He was slated to start Friday. The team will now go with Sonny Gray, Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir for the series. Gray will start Friday, Lester will start Saturday and Kazmir will go Sunday. 


Jon Lester can't find winning path vs. Braves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester put together a quality start but couldn't find the winning path Sunday night in Atlanta, dropping to 13-8 on the season. The left-hander permitted four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings of a 4-3 defeat.

Home runs to Juston Upton and Chris Joshnon were the biggest mistakes in Lester's outing. He owns a 2.58 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 25 starts (170 2/3 innings). He will look to get back on track Sunday against the Angels.

Jon Lester strikes out nine in win vs. Royals Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester earned a win Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks in six innings and striking out nine in his team's 11-3 victory over the Royals.

Lester (13-7) turned in four scoreless innings and watched his offense build up a 6-0 lead before he allowed three runs in the fifth, ultimately picking up his third straight win since joining the A's. He owns a 2.51 ERA and 169:37 K:BB ratio in 164 2/3 innings. Lester is set to face the Braves Sunday.


Jon Lester hurls three-hit complete game shutout


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester pitched a three-hitter for his fourth career shutout Thursday night at home against the Twins, improving to 12-7 on the year.

Making his second start since being acquired at the trade deadline, Lester struck out eight, walked two and only allowed two runners past first base in the 11th complete game of his career.

His 122 pitches were the most since April 27 against Toronto. Lester owns a 2.44 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 23 starts (158 2/3 innings). The left-hander will look to keep rolling Tuesday Kansas City.

Jon Lester tastes victory in first A's start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester put together a solid outing Saturday against the Royals, in his first appearance since joining the team.

Lester pitched into the seventh inning en route to an 8-3 win, as he limited the Royals to three runs while scattering nine hits. He walked one batter and struck out three on 104 pitches in the win, his 11th of the season.

Lester was acquired in a deadline-day trade from the Red Sox Thursday, and will bolster the team's rotation for the final two months of the season. He has an 11-7 record and 2.59 ERA heading into his next start, Thursday against the Twins. 


Jon Lester set to start Saturday against Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) What was speculated has been confirmed - newly acquired left-hander Jon Lester will make his Athletics debut Saturday against Kansas City.

Lester will seek to maintain the momentum gained with Boston. He has surrendered two or fewer runs in each of his last eight starts and will now pitch his home games in a far more friendly park for hurlers.


Athletics acquire Jon Lester for Yoenis Cespedes


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Athletics have acquired the premiere starting pitcher on the trade market ahead of Thursday's deadline, as CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed a trade involving Jon Lester moving to Oakland in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes.

WEEI.com reported the details of the deal first, which will likely also involves the Red Sox sending outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Athletics as well. The Red Sox will also receive a competitive balance draft pick, while the A's will receive cash from the Red Sox, according to Yahoo.com.


Heyman: Athletics appear to have deal for Lester


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) According to numerous media reports, the Red Sox have agreed to a trade of pitcher Jon Lester Thursday morning, and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports it appears the Athletics are considered the most likely outcome.

Further details are not yet known, but will surely come in shortly. 


Report: Cardinals, Pirates leading charge for Jon Lester


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Cardinals and Pirates are "pushing hardest" for Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, though the Dodgers are still involved as well, FOXSports.com reports.

The Dodgers aren't going to part with one of their top prospects in a deal for Lester, who is set to become a free agent, and the Red Sox seem likely to pick up a better youngster from either of the NL Central contenders as a result. Lester is likely to be moved before Thursday's trade deadline.


Jon Lester's situation is 'status quo' for time being


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell said he is treating Jon Lester's situation as "status quo," according to WEEI.com. Lester is scheduled to throw a bullpen Friday and slated to start Sunday against the Yankees.

Lester was scratched from his start Wednesday against the Blue Jays as he is being mentioned heavily in trade rumors and could be dealt before Thursday's non-waiver deadline.


Report: Orioles nearing deal to snag Jon Lester


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Orioles are closing in on completing a deal that would send them Red Sox ace Jon Lester, per the Boston Globe. Other sources are reporting, however, that the teams are not that close.

Among the players Boston is rumored to be receiving in return is established Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez.

Lester has forged his finest season and is on a tremendous run. He owns a 10-7 record with a 2.52 ERA that would be easily the best of his career if he maintains it the rest of the year. He has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last eight starts and has 149 strikeouts in 143 innings pitched.

The Orioles are in first place in the American League East and would likely be considered the favorite to win the division if they land Lester.


Report: Six teams in mix for Jon Lester


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Cardinals, Dodgers, Pirates, Blue Jays, Orioles and Athletics are all still in the mix to acquire Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, ESPNBoston.com reports. FOXSports.com reported earlier Tuesday that the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates were all still involved.

Lester was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday as the Red Sox continue to pursue a trade. He may not bring back as much as the team would hope, since he's just months away from becoming a free agent. On the other hand, competition between multiple teams for a single player could mean a favorable deal rises to the top for the Red Sox. Lester owns a 2.52 ERA and 149:32 K:BB ratio in 143 innings.


Jon Lester scratched Wednesday, Brandon Workman to start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start, the Springfield Republican reports.

Lester's name has been involved in trade talks as the deadline nears, and the Red Sox have decided to hold him out Wednesday, which will avoid the chance he's injured while also leave him available to pitch for a new team if he is traded. Brandon Workman will take Lester's scheduled start Wednesday.


Brandon Workman is Plan B for Jon Lester's Wednesday start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Red Sox have a plan in place to use Brandon Workman as Wednesday's starter if Jon Lester is scratched due to ongoing trade talks, MLB.com reports.

"Although there's a lot of rumor and talk with his name attached to it, right now he's scheduled to start tomorrow night," manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "We have a contingency plan, sure. If Jon is traded by this time tomorrow [4 p.m.], Brandon Workman will start."

Lester has been a hot name in trade rumors this month, with the Red Sox out of the playoff race and the pitcher due to become a free agent this offseason.


Report: Pirates a team emerging in trade talks for Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Pirates are emerging as a dark-horse candidate to acquire Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, major-league sources told Yahoo! Sports. 

The Red Sox are targeting multiple high-end prospects in exchange for Lester. The Pirates have a deep farm system and outfield prospect Josh Bell is one name at the center of the trade talks.


Report: Brewers among teams interested in Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Brewers are among several teams trying to trade for Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Orioles are among other teams reported to have inquired about Lester.