The Chicago Cubs are the latest team to surface in the Jon Lester sweepstakes as the team has allegedly made an offer worth “north of $135 million” over six years, according to sources to David Kaplan of CSN. The Cubs join the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, and the San Francisco Giants, reportedly serious suitors of the left-handed following the signing of Pablo Sandoval by the Red Sox.
It was reported early yesterday that the Red Sox were close to signing the lefty, but those reports seem nothing but inaccurate, now the Lester is also scheduled to meet with the Cardinals sometime next week as well.
Kaplan kept going to add that although the Cardinals and Braves represent a threat to other teams interested in Lester, he expects the race to come down to the Cubs, Red Sox, and Giants.
Lester, 30, is arguably the second best starter available through the free agency, after righty Max Scherzer, and along with James Shields figures to cash in big time this winter. Lester finished fourth in the AL Cy Young Award race and appeared in the All-Star game this past year. He finished the season 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA, 220 strikeouts in 219 2/3 innings pitched for the last-place Red Sox and second-place Oakland Athletics.