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Fenway Nation 12 hours ago
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 15 hours ago

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.

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Northwest Herald Dec 14, 2014

AP source: Lester $30M signing bonus with Cubs sets record

NEW YORK – Jon Lester set Major League Baseball records for largest signing bonus and biggest upfront payment with his $155 million, six-year deal with the Cubs.

Cubs to intro Lester on Monday

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs will officially announce the signing of left-handed pitcher Jon Lester at a downtown news conference Monday afternoon. When: 1 p.m. CT Where: Spiaggia restaurant The media-only event will be carried live by ESPN Radio 1000 as Lester signs the most lucrative contract in Cubs history. Former outfielder Alfonso Soriano signed for longer -- he had an eight-year deal -- in 2006, but the $155 million Lester is getting over six years is the most money ever the team has spent on one player in one deal.
Chicago Sun-Times Dec 13, 2014

Major moves by Cubs raise expectations

The Cubs left the winter meetings Thursday with their biggest haul in eight years, already assuring the kind of spring-training buzz they haven’t seen since the last time they had an ex-Rays manager running things and talking about a World Series.

Six degrees of Jason Hammel

CHICAGO -- Maybe the link to everything happening with the Chicago Cubs these days is right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel. Hammel, 32, officially signed-on with the team for at least two more years Friday and he has ties to the most bold and current moves the team has made recently. He broke into the league with the Tampa Bay Rays last decade as Joe Maddon became his first manager. Last year the Cubs traded him to the Oakland Athletics for a top prospect in Addison Russell.

ABC7/WLS-TV to air 25 Cubs games

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and ABC7/WLS-TV have agreed to a five-year deal to air 25 Cubs games per season, the two sides announced in a Friday press release. Starting in April 2015 and continuing through the 2019 season when the Cubs' television deal with Comcast SportsNet ends, 25 games will air on ABC7/WLS-TV during primetime, daytime and weekends. “We are excited to have WLS-TV as our new television broadcast partner,” Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said in the release.
Northwest Herald Dec 11, 2014

Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, Crystal Lake artist John Hanley team up

CRYSTAL LAKE — Local artist John Hanley has teamed with Chicago Cubs first baseman and cancer survivor Anthony Rizzo to raise money for cancer research.

A (potentially) memorable winter meetings comes to a close for Cubs

SAN DIEGO – They came. They negotiated. They conquered. OK, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic for the Chicago Cubs, but the 2014 winter meetings might someday be looked back upon as the start of something special. “We have a plan and we hope this week was a big step in executing that plan,” general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday as the meetings came to a close. “If we’re looking back having won, then a lot of memories -- not just these winter meetings, but a lot of things -- will be enjoyable.

Cubs lose lefty McKirahan in Rule 5 draft

SAN DIEGO -- The Chicago Cubs selected Colorado Rockies shortstop Taylor Featherston in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday morning and then traded him to the Los Angeles Angels for monetary considerations. Meanwhile, the Cubs lost Double-A lefty Andrew McKirahan to the Miami Marlins in the draft. McKirahan, 24, was a combined 2-4 with a 2.08 ERA and 10 saves in 44 games split between Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last season after being drafted in the 21st round in 2011.

Cubs reel in Lester with $155 million deal

The Chicago Cubs’ opening game of the baseball season is set for April 5 at a renovated Wrigley Field with a new manager in the dugout and, now, a new ace on the mound.
The Republican Dec 10, 2014

Jon Lester individually thanks over 200 Red Sox and Cubs fans on Twitter - even the angry ones

In leaving spurning the Boston Red Sox in favor of the Chicago Cubs in free agency on Wednesday, Jon Lester did the impossible: leaving a Boston team without the city turning on him for taking more money.

After Lester signing, buzz picks up on Cubs

SAN DIEGO – It was "dig me" day for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday at the winter meetings in Southern California. The phrase was coined by pitching great Greg Maddux in reference to the day after a stellar start: Everyone digs the pitcher who just threw a masterpiece. That was the feeling around the Cubs after they signed pitchers Jon Lester and Jason Hammel and traded for catcher Miguel Montero, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks. And that buzz led to plenty of speculation Wednesday.

Cubs pitchers, opponents react to Lester signing

SAN DIEGO – New Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon likened acquiring pitcher Jon Lester to “winning the lottery.” The left-hander's new teammates are feeling nearly the same way. “I’m giddy to get going right now,” pitcher Jake Arrieta said Wednesday by phone. Arrieta was the Cubs' de facto ace after they unloaded Jeff Samardzija in July, but he has no problem being a No. 2 pitcher. Arrieta and Lester faced off when both were in the American League East, Arrieta with the Baltimore Orioles and Lester with the Boston Red Sox.

Lester signing brings ray of hope to Cubs

CHICAGO -- We’re used to waking up to snow in December, but on Wednesday morning, Chicago Cubs fans woke up to a rare ray of sunshine. In the toddlin’ hours, the Cubs and free agent pitcher Jon Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal. At the winter meetings in San Diego, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, “It's not often you get to win the lottery,” which makes me wonder if Maddon knows how the lottery works. They pay you, Joe.
Newark Star-Ledger Dec 10, 2014

Chicago Cubs sign Jon Lester: How it affects Yankees

Lester's signing changes the dynamics in the AL East.

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