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Over the Monster Nov 21, 2020
Daily Red Sox Links: Jay Groome, Jason Varitek, Jon Lester

Daily Red Sox Links: Jay Groome, Jason Varitek, Jon Lester

Kelly O’Connor; https://sittingstill.smugmug.com/ In case you missed it, the Red Sox did indeed end up adding seven new players to their 40-man roster in order to protect from from the Rule 5 Draft. (Christopher Smith; Mass Live) It wasn’t just the Rule 5 news that came out on Friday, though. Boston also officially announced their coaching staff, which included the hiring of Will Venable and a new title for Jason Varitek. (Chris Cotillo; Mass Live) I’d love to see Jon Lester back in a Red Sox uniform too, and I have a pretty good feeling I’m not alone among Red...
NESN.com Nov 20, 2020

Jon Lester To Red Sox? Whether Reunion Makes Sense For Either Side

Will the Red Sox make a splash this offseason? Boston has financial flexibility and a strong desire to bounce back from a disappointing 2020. As such, we’ll examine whether several notable free agents make sense (or don’t make sense) as the club looks to retool for 2021 and beyond. Baseball reunions often work better in […] The post Jon Lester To Red Sox? Whether Reunion Makes Sense For Either Side appeared first on NESN.com.
Cubbies Crib Nov 14, 2020

Cubs News: Adbert Alzolay poised for a breakout showing in 2021

Cubs right-hander Adbert Alzolay could prove to be a difference-maker in 2021. The Chicago Cubs have a lot of questions that need answering when it comes to the pitching staff. Tyler Chatwood, Jose Quintana and Jon Lester are all free agents, with only Lester looking like a possibility to potentially return. Regardless, the team needs […] Cubs News: Adbert Alzolay poised for a breakout showing in 2021 - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
Cubbies Crib Nov 11, 2020

Cubs: Aaron Sanchez is a potential fringe rotation add

One thing is clear. No matter the financial situation, the Cubs need more arms. The Chicago Cubs already saw three of their starting pitchers head for free agency in Jon Lester, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood. It is certainly possible Chicago could pursue re-signing Lester to a one-year deal at a cheap value after declining his […] Cubs: Aaron Sanchez is a potential fringe rotation add - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
Cubbies Crib Nov 10, 2020

Chicago Cubs fans need this ‘Lester Bought Me A Beer’ t-shirt

Chicago Cubs fans want to thank Jon Lester for everything. The World Series title, the strikeouts, the wins… oh, and the $47K worth of beer! Thanks, Jon! Jon Lester is currently a free agent. It’s unclear if he’ll be returning to the Chicago Cubs, but if he’s pitched in his final game for the Cubbies, […] Chicago Cubs fans need this ‘Lester Bought Me A Beer’ t-shirt - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
Cubbies Crib Nov 6, 2020

Cubs could look at a Cole Hamels reunion to add needed rotation depth

A Cole Hamels reunion could wind up being a win-win for both he and the Cubs. With three key pieces of the Chicago Cubs starting rotation set to test the waters of free agency in Jon Lester, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood – pitching is a major need for the team this offseason. With a […] Cubs could look at a Cole Hamels reunion to add needed rotation depth - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
Cubbies Crib Nov 1, 2020

Cubs News: Jon Lester says he hopes he returns to the Cubs in 2021

If he has his way, Jon Lester will return to the Chicago Cubs next season. This wasn’t how it was supposed to end. Jon Lester, the undisputed leader of the Cubs during their recent Golden Age, the man who took the Lovable Losers and rewrote the script surrounding the franchise. Walking off the Wrigley Field […] Cubs News: Jon Lester says he hopes he returns to the Cubs in 2021 - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
Cubbies Crib Oct 31, 2020

Cubs News: Thanks, Jon Lester for all the memories

The Chicago Cubs declined Lester’s $25 million option, deciding to buy out the 36-year-old lefty for $10 million.  Then he bought fans a beer. We knew it was time for the Chicago Cubs.  Age, the changes in the game like spin rates and pitch counts, and advanced metrics like FIP- and ERA- all told us what […] Cubs News: Thanks, Jon Lester for all the memories - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
Call to the Pen Oct 31, 2020

Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester joins growing list of declined options

Jon Lester was the latest casualty of the declined options bonanza going on in Major League Baseball, as the Chicago Cubs announced the move on Friday. No player with a club option is safe this off-season, and Jon Lester just became the latest casualty. Jon Lester $25M option declined and Cubs will pay $10M buyout. […] Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester joins growing list of declined options - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Oct 31, 2020
In appreciation of Jon Lester

In appreciation of Jon Lester

The lefthander represents an era in Cubs history never before seen. It’s instructive to remember that Jon Lester signed with the Cubs even though the Giants not only offered him more money, but literally sent Buster Posey to Lester’s Atlanta-area house to say, “I want to be your catcher for the next six years.” Why, then, did Jon sign with the Cubs? In part, it was his long relationship with Theo Epstein and the Cubs front office people transplanted from Boston. Epstein wasn’t Boston’s GM when Lester was drafted in the second round in 2002, but after he took that position...

Jon Lester option declined by Cubs, lefty becomes free agent

Jon Lester's $25 million mutual option for 2021 was declined Friday by the Chicago Cubs, completing a $155 million, six-year contract and allowing the 36-year-old left-hander to become a free agent.
Bleed Cubbie Blue Oct 30, 2020
Cubs roster moves: Jon Lester’s contract option declined, Max Schrock claimed on waivers

Cubs roster moves: Jon Lester’s contract option declined, Max Schrock claimed on waivers

Photo by Ron Vesely/ There’s the first of three option decisions due for the Cubs. To no one’s surprise, the Cubs announced late Friday that they had declined the mutual option for 2021 for $25 million on Jon Lester’s contract. Instead, the lefthander will get a $10 million buyout. If that’s it for Jon in a Cubs uniform, the photo above is from his last start, against the White Sox on the final regular-season weekend of 2020. It wasn’t his finest hour and there’s no need to rehash it here. In the coming days I’ll write up something about Jon and his time with the Cubs —...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Oct 29, 2020
MLB says its revenue is down and debt is up. Free agents could be in for a long, cold winter

MLB says its revenue is down and debt is up. Free agents could be in for a long, cold winter

Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via The 2020 season was strange and unusual. The 2020-21 offseason is likely to be even weirder. Per Major League Baseball’s agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association, 147 players automatically became free agents Wednesday, the day after the World Series ended. That’s a fair number of players and it’s likely going to increase over the next day or so as team options on players are declined. Among those will likely be Jon Lester and Daniel Descalso of the Cubs. Oh, and then this happened late Wednesday: The...

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