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Boston Herald Dec 20, 2014

Cubs and catcher David Ross reach 2-year deal

CHICAGO — David Ross and the Chicago Cubs have agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester.The sides made the free-agent deal Friday.Ross often caught Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander's starts in the 2013 World Series victory. Ross started behind the plate for Lester's last 11 starts this year before the Red Sox traded the pitcher to Oakland.
Fenway Nation Dec 19, 2014
Lester: I Would Have Signed Bigger Spring Deal

Lester: I Would Have Signed Bigger Spring Deal

(Exclusive FenwayNation Photo)Jon Lester—the new ace of the Chicago Cubs—says he probably would have singed a deal with he Red Sox last spring had it been in the $120 million range. Appearing on WEEI radio's Hot Stove Show on Thursday night, Lester said, "That is one of those deals where hindsight is 20/20. You go back in time and you look at it and you go, 'probably yes'. I mean you don't know. I mean it is one of those deals where when it is sitting in front of you that is a lot of money to turn down. That would have made it very difficult to turn it down." We have felt for a long time...
The Republican Dec 19, 2014
Jon Lester opens up: 'Probably yes' to Boston Red Sox for $120 million last spring

Jon Lester opens up: 'Probably yes' to Boston Red Sox for $120 million last spring

Lester would've taken five years, $120 million. But nobody was offering that back in February, nor should they have.

Jon Lester 'probably' would have taken 5-year, $120M Red Sox extension last spring

By now it's clear that the Boston Red Sox's initial extension offer of four years, $70 million to left-handed pitcher Jon Lester during spring training wasn't enough for the two sides to get a deal done. But, hypothetically, say the Red Sox offered Lester a deal similar to the one that Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee got as a free agent in 2010 -- five years, $120 million. Would Lester have taken that deal? "You go back in time and you look at it and you go, 'Probably, yes,' Lester said Thursday night in an appearance on WEEI's Hot Stove show.
Full Count | WEEI Dec 18, 2014

Jon Lester would’ve said ‘probably yes’ to 5-year/$120 million offer during spring training from Red Sox

Former Red Sox pitcher and current Cubs pitcher Jon Lester joined the Hot Stove Show Thursday night with Mike Mutnansky, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss what the free agent process was like, what the negotiations last spring training were like with the Red Sox, and also what it was like the hours and […]
Full Count | WEEI Dec 18, 2014

Jon Lester would have said ‘probably yes’ to 5-year, $120 million offer last spring from Red Sox

Former Red Sox pitcher and current Cubs pitcher Jon Lester joined the Hot Stove show Thursday night with Mike Mutnansky, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss what the free agent process was like, what the negotiations last spring training were like with the Red Sox, and also what it was like the hours and […]

Jon Lester says he would probably have signed with the Red Sox for 5 years and $120M last spring training

Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.

Jon Lester already familiar with the "curse"

CHICAGO -- One thing about coming from the Boston Red Sox to work for the Chicago Cubs is already being aware of “curses” and long championship droughts. And also being well aware of what winning -- after such a long time of losing -- can mean to an organization and city. “I don’t think you could ever prepare yourself for that one, for the curse being broken.” new Cubs pitcher Jon Lester told the Carmen and Jurko show on ESPN 1000 on Thursday.
Over the Monster Dec 16, 2014

Even without an ace, Red Sox lead American League in World Series odds

Having failed to acquire Jon Lester, the Red Sox find themselves without an ace...and as favorites in the American League? It hasn't been the best of weeks for Red Sox fans, thanks to Jon Lester's decision to sign with the Cubs. The Sox have made a few moves since to shore up the rotation, but if Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and Justin Masterson are decent additions to a pitching corps that was in serious need of help...well, they're not Lester. It's no surprise, then, that morale has fallen a bit. The good news, if you buy into this sort of thing: Las Vegas likes Boston's chances even...
Fenway Nation Dec 16, 2014

POLL: Over Six In Ten Say Lester Wins 11-15

Very early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows that more than six in ten readers think Jon Lester will win between 11 and 15 games next year for the Cubs. As the chart shows, fully 64% think Lester will have that many victories, while 28% think he'll notch between 16 and 20 wins. Just 4% each believe the lefty will get either 0-10 wins or more than 20 victories. You can still vote in the poll HERE.
Fenway Nation Dec 16, 2014

POLL: How Many Lester Wins In 2015?

Jon Lester's Cubbie FutureHow many games will Jon Lester win in 2015? 0-1011-1516-20Over 20  Current Results
Over the Monster Dec 16, 2014

Jon Lester is officially gone, the Red Sox are not

Jon Lester is officially on the Cubs. Let's try to understand that. Jon Lester had barely thrown a pitch for the Red Sox when his cancer was announced. For this reason, it's nearly impossible to separate Jon Lester, Red Sox pitcher, from Jon Lester, cancer survivor and two-time World Series champion. If Boston fans feel some claim of ownership of Lester that goes beyond the standard he's-our-type-of-guy schtick, this is probably why we do. It does not take an advanced degree to understand why Lester chose the Cubs over the Sox. Firstly, there was $20 million more to their deal, akin to a...
Over the Monster Dec 16, 2014

Daily Red Sox Links: Jon Lester, David Ortiz, Yoenis Cespedes

Another day, another $155-million-dollar contract, another half dozen Jon Lester links. Why Dustin Pedroia is just the saddest over Jon Lester's departure. (Joe McDonald; ESPN Boston) The things David Ortiz said to Jon Lester after he left. (Sam Galanis; NESN) When Jon Lester decided he could leave Boston. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal) What Jon Lester's decision to leave Boston did to the Red Sox rotation. (Alex Speier; WEEI) A podcast review of all the changes the team has made over the last week from the folks over at Sox Prospects. (Sox Prospects) And, finally, why it's time to...
Boston Herald Dec 16, 2014

Change does Lester good

CHICAGO — Jon Lester sat at a dais on the third floor of a trendy Italian bistro overlooking Lake Michigan. He had a blue cap on his head, Theo Epstein by his side and supreme faith that the Cubs can win the World Series in 2015, which is a little like saying you believe in Santa Claus.And in the corridors of Fenway Park, the Red Sox must have been wondering, “How the heck did we get here?”
Boston Herald Dec 16, 2014
Theo sees secure man

Theo sees secure man

CHICAGO — Theo Epstein got his man. It just isn’t the man he remembered.Epstein always knew Jon Lester to be a talented pitcher from their days together with the Red Sox. Back then, though, Lester typically fell in line behind Josh Beckett and other older members of the starting rotation. He beat cancer and won a World Series in 2007, then threw a no-hitter in 2008, but he rarely seemed entirely sure of himself.And if Lester ever told a joke, well, Epstein never heard it.

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