12:45 AM EDT, Wed October 22, 2014

Spend Hal's Money: Jon Lester

This Yankees offseason has no $189 million goal, nor does it appear a half-billion-dollar spending spree is in the offing, but the team will likely make a few moves. As always, we like to be helpful at ESPN New York, so once again we will aid the Yankees' decision-makers with a little game we like to call, "Spend Hal's Money." Jon Lester#31 SPOakland Athletics2014 STATSGM32 W16 L11 BB48 K220 ERA2.46 Today's Candidate: Jon Lester Position: LHP Age: 31 in January Height: 6-4 Weight: 240 2014 numbers: $13 million salary, 16-11, 2.
Over the Monster Oct 17, 2014

Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, James Shields, Torey Lovullo

Today's links look at David Ortiz's new part-time gig, whether James Shields or Jon Lester is the best candidate for "new Red Sox ace" and what Torey Lovullo might be doing in Minnesota. If David Ortiz is half as good as Pedro has been, his stint as an analyst on FOX for the World Series will be worth watching. (Boston Herald) It's also probably time to start preparing for Big Papi's eventual departure. And that is in no way depressing. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston) In a battle of nicknames, "Big Game James" Shields is head and shoulders above Jon Lester, but what about in terms of...
Over the Monster Oct 10, 2014
Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jon Lester

Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jon Lester

Today's links look at Mookie Betts' trade value, Xander Bogaerts' future at shortstop and what James Shields might have to do with a Jon Lester return. Mookie Betts may find himself as part of a major trade this offseason, and he knows it. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal) But should the Red Sox do it in the first place? (Jen McCaffrey; MassLive) What will become of Daniel Nava? (Alex Speier; WEEI) Can Xander Bogaerts keep his job at shortstop? (Ricky Doyle; NESN) Will Jon Lester be coming back? And if so, what does James Shields have to do with it? (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald) The...
Full Count | WEEI Oct 2, 2014

Billy Beane says A’s wouldn’t have made playoffs without Jon Lester trade

At the time, the trade sending Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the A’s in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes sent shockwaves through the baseball landscape. Those continue to reverberate more than two months later. The A’s season came to a startling halt on Tuesday night, when Lester could not hold a 7-3 advantage that he […]
Boston Herald Oct 2, 2014
Oakland A’s big losers

Oakland A’s big losers

In case anyone still thought the July 31 blockbuster trade the Red Sox made with the A’s — Jon Lester for Yoenis Cespedes — was one of those win-win type of deals, Tuesday night’s wild AL Wild Card game changed the math.The Red Sox still won their end of it, but the A’s just became big, big losers.At the time of the trade, there were a few raised eyebrows about what would happen to the A’s offense without Cespedes, but most everybody figured that Lester’s run prevention ability would at least neutralize the loss in run production.
Full Count | WEEI Oct 1, 2014

The thinking behind putting Jon Lester’s house on the market

So, Jon Lester’s house is on the market. When the news came out that the pitcher was putting his Newton Highlands’ house up for sale — asking $1,850,000 — the assumption was that he was already locked into moving on from the Red Sox. But according to a source familiar with the situation, the thinking […]
The Republican Oct 1, 2014

Jon Lester throws worst playoff start of his career for Oakland A's -- Was he missing the fire?

Tuesday, Jon Lester didn't pitch with the same sense of urgency that he pitched with during his remarkable run for the Red Sox in the 2013 playoffs.
Full Count | WEEI Oct 1, 2014

Looks like Jon Lester’s career in Oakland is over

It was supposed to be a showcase for two of the soon-to-be most coveted starting pitchers on the free agent market — Kansas City’s James Shields and Jon Lester of the A’s. Instead what transpired in an Wild Card play-in game was a pair of forgettable performances from the starters, but an unforgettable 9-8 win […]
Boston Herald Oct 1, 2014

Catching up in the arms race

Last night in Kansas City, the curtain rose on a Red Sox-less postseason with a wild card game that pitted Royals ace James Shields against Oakland A’s hired gun Jon Lester.Want to bet John Henry was paying attention?The Sox owner generally believes that it’s bad business to dole out five- and six-year contracts to free agent pitchers over the age of 30. But if the club is serious about re-arming its starting rotation, taking that gamble on Shields or Lester will be something Henry must at least consider.
Sacramento Bee Sep 30, 2014

Soto to catch Lester for Athletics vs Royals

Athletics ace Jon Lester will have Geovany Soto behind the plate for the first time when he takes the mound in Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals.
Full Count | WEEI Sep 30, 2014

Why Jon Lester feels he’s better heading into this postseason than last year

While the folks at Kauffman Stadium might have skipped an entire generation when it comes to viewing postseason baseball — finally being reintroduced to the playoffs Tuesday night in the Royals’ one-game showdown with Oakland — for Jon Lester it’s old hat. The Wild Card play-in game will be Lester’s 14th playoff appearance, and 12th […]
Over the Monster Sep 30, 2014

Jon Lester puts his Boston home up for sale

It's okay if you want to panic a little. There was always the hope, however slim, that the Red Sox would convince Jon Lester to return to Boston this winter as a free agent. If that hope existed at all, it's even slimmer now, as the current A's pitcher put his Newton Highlands house on the market, according to the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber. Now, Lester could always pull his house back off the market, as it's not like real estate -- especially $1.85 million real estate -- moves exponentially faster than the free agent market. With that being said, though, before his team is even...
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 29, 2014

Royals likely loading up bench against A's

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Perhaps it’s fitting Ned Yost likely will manage the first postseason game of his career the same way he’s managed many previous Royals games. But that might be the recipe for success when the Royals square off against Oakland ace Jon Lester and the A’s in the wild-card game at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. Lester (16-11, 2.46 ERA) has been a longtime nemesis for the Royals, even throwing a no-hitter against them when he was with Boston. So it’s unlikely the Royals will just swing for the fences against him. Instead, they will probably play small...

A’s Jon Lester, king of the big game, takes on KC’s Big Game James

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Kauffman Stadium Jed Lowrie, the A’s shortstop and a former player representive, said that when Major League Baseball and the Players Association first began discussing the one-game wild-card format, this is just what they had in mind: Jon Lester vs. James Shields. “What more can be said?” Lowrie said. “This is the exact matchup you want to set the tone for the playoffs. Lester, a two-time champion with the Red Sox, now will be on the mound for Oakland in Tuesday’s American League wild-card game against the Royals and James Shields –...
San Jose Mercury News Sep 29, 2014

Jon Lester: Oakland A's lefty at his best in big games

When A's acquired Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox, it was for games such as Tuesday's wild-card matchup against the Kansas City Royals

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