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Jon Lester Chooses Chicago Cubs

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lester2Free agent left-hander Jon Lester is set to sign a new deal with the Chicago Cubs worth a reported six years and $155 million. It includes a vesting option for a seventh year that could bring Lester’s total take to $170 million. The reported average annual value of $25.8 million would be the second highest for a pitcher behind Clayton Kershaw’s $30.7 million as part of a $215 million, seven-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers that began in 2014.

Lester, 30, was 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA (155 ERA+), 1.10 WHIP and 220 strikeouts in 219 2/3 innings for the Red Sox and Athletics last season. Lester reportedly had his pick of teams which included at least five teams, with the Cubs, Giants and Red Sox seemingly being the most serious suitors.

The Red Sox also offered six years, though only $135 million, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Giants offered six years and $150 million.

Previously, Lester was lowballed by the Red Sox on an extension offer this past season when he reportedly wanted to stay with Boston. Lester now sits atop the Cubs rotation, in front of Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks.

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