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Athletics Nation Jan 21, 2015

Athletics 2014 season review: Jon Lester, the ringer who wasn't enough

The previous player on our list was Jeff Samardzija, one of Billy Beane's big midseason acquisitions. Coincidentally, next is No. 31, Jon Lester, the other blockbuster July addition. Player profile Name: Jon Lester, aka Not CespedesPosition: LHP, startingStats: 11 starts, 2.35 ERA (159 ERA+), 76⅔ innings, 71 Ks, 16 BB, 1 shutoutWAR: 1.9 bWAR, 1.6 fWARHow he got here: Acquired from Boston Red Sox on July 312014 Salary: $13 million2015 Status: Free agent, signed with Chicago Cubs (6yr/$155M)2015 Salary: $20 million Season summary In our review of Samardzija, we detailed the dubiousness of...
Baltimore Sun Jan 18, 2015

Cubs' Jon Lester has no time for proponents of shortening games

America’s favorite pastime is taking way too much time, many people believe.

Cubs convention features Lester, Maddon, but still no Sosa

CHICAGO -- New Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester and new manager Joe Maddon headline the list of current and former players, along with coaches and front office personnel, attending the sold out 30th annual Cubs Convention Jan. 16-18 at the Chicago Sheraton & Towers. Along with Lester, new Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, infielder Tommy La Stella and pitcher Jason Motte will be attendance. Minor league player of the year Kris Bryant will also be at the convention, as will current Cubs stars Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro.
Over the Monster Jan 6, 2015

Red Sox extension candidates for 2015

Who should the Red Sox look to be locking up before next offseason rolls around? In this era where financial flexibility and efficiency is king, extensions have become more and more valuable for teams. Obviously, not everyone should be extended, but picking your spots correctly more often than not is a huge boost to a team’s long-term success. Any time you can limit how often you need to dip your toes into the premium free agent pool, you’re doing something right. Of course, the obvious connection here is to point to how badly the Jon Lester extension talks went last year. Yes, that was...

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