Jon Lester RUMORS & NEWS

  • Jon Lester believes bone chip in left elbow not serious issue

    Chicago Tribune "John Lester knows he's pitching with a chip in his prized left elbow. It was discovered during an MRI recommended by his agents before his free-agent sweepstakes in November of 2014 and revealed in "The Arm," a book to be released next month in which author Jeff Passan devotes a chapter to the..." March 21

  • Lester confirms bone chip in elbow, calls it 'non-issue'

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs bet $155 million that it won’t disrupt their big plans for October the next few years. And Jon Lester seems confident it will remain the “non-issue” it has been for much of his career – then looks around for a place to “knock on wood” whenever he mentions it. But a bone chip lurks..." March 20

  • Jon Lester: 'No hard feelings' after Red Sox go all in for David Price

    Chicago Sun-Times "He had a right to feel angry. Maybe even betrayed. But when Jon Lester saw the Boston Red Sox pursue David Price so much more aggressively this winter than they did their own, homegrown ace a year earlier, what was his response? After Price signed a record $217 million deal, Lester texted..." March 02

  • Will Cubs double down with another Jon Lester-level megadeal?

    CSN Chicago "When the Jordan Zimmermann trade rumors surfaced last offseason, there was a thought that he would set the meter at whatever Jon Lester got and leave it running. The Washington Nationals talked extension and also took out an insurance policy against Zimmermann leaving, investing $210 million in..." October 28

  • Cubs' Hammel to start Game 4, not Lester on short rest, Maddon says

    CBS Sports "The Cubs will trail the Mets in the NLCS no matter what happens in Game 3, so bringing back left-hander Jon Lester to start Game 4 on short rest Tuesday is an option for manager Joe Maddon. He's still not going to take it. With his team behind 0-2 in the best-of-seven series, Maddon said at a..." October 19

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    Bruce Miles @BruceMiles2112

    Lester Game1, Arrieta Game 2 for #Cubs

  • Jon Lester picked off a runner for the first time since 2011

    USA Today "The long national (Chicago) nightmare is over. Cubs ace Jon Lester, who was widely perceived as having the yips but only when it came to throwing to first base, picked off a runner for the first time since 2011 on Tuesday. He did it everyone! He did it! Well, he sort of did it. It’s not..." September 16

  • Cubs: Jon Lester endorses Jake Arrieta for wild-card game

    CSN Chicago "At this point, Jake Arrieta or Jon Lester sounds more like a conversation starter for newspapers, talk shows and Twitter than a real debate inside the Cubs organization. All signs are pointing toward the Cubs starting Jake Arrieta in the National League’s wild-card game against the Pittsburgh..." September 09

  • Cubs must NOT start Jon Lester in Wild Card game

    Rumors & Rants "Here is a modest proposal for Cubs manager Joe Maddon: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER CAN YOU START JON LESTER OVER JAKE ARRIETA IN A WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAME. That’s as modestly as I can get the point across, at any rate, though some non-caps lock talking points would probably allow my plea..." August 20

  • Cubs to bring back LHP Lester on short rest "Chicago Cubs ace left-hander Jon Lester will be brought back on short rest following a rain-abbreviated outing to start Friday against the visiting San Francisco Giants. Lester threw just 31 pitches during a 1 2/3-inning stint Monday night against the Pirates at Pittsburgh in a game that was..." August 05

  • Cubs pitcher Jon Lester finally records first career hit

    USA Today "After 10 seasons in MLB and 67 at-bats, Cubs pitcher Jon Lester finally got his first career hit Monday night against the Cardinals. Lester hit St. Louis pitcher John Lackey and was able to reach first for an infield single. " July 06

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    jon lester sets record in style. goes to 0-for-58 (biggest 0-fer to start a career) with flyout to wall vs. max scherzer.

  • Jon Lester responds to every fan's tweets about his poor start -- even the awful ones

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jon Lester is well aware that the start to his Cubs career hasn’t gone very well. Not only has Lester pitched poorly — nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings — but he’s also got what can only be described as a case of the yips. Lester struggles to throw the ball to first base on pick-off attempts,..." April 16

  • Cubs' Lester on Bryant demotion: 'It sucks'

    The Score "Jon Lester didn't sign a six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs to lose baseball games, so it's no surprise that the left-hander strongly disapproved of the team's decision to demote top prospect Kris Bryant despite an exceptional spring. "It sucks," Lester told reporters Tuesday. "The quicker..." March 31

  • Cubs' Lester might be on pitch count for opener

    The Score "Jon Lester could be on a pitch limit in his first start of the season after missing a spring outing last week due to arm fatigue. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Lester is expected to throw 60 pitches against minor-league competition Thursday, and no more than 80 in his final spring tuneup..." March 25

  • Maddon impressed by Lester's accountability

    ESPN Chicago "Calling it a "beautiful moment," Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was thoroughly impressed by pitcher Jon Lester's attitude after giving up six runs in 3.1 innings against the San Diego Padres in Monday's 7-0 loss. "I was so proud of Jon Lester," Maddon said Tuesday morning. "Lester would not..." March 18

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Source confirms Jon Lester is signing with #Cubs and getting a six-year, $155 million deal.

  • Jon Lester agrees to 6 year, $155M contract with Cubs

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs have agreed to terms with one of the biggest free agents on the market. Jon Lester has picked the Cubs over the other finalist - the Boston Red Sox - in a move that signals the Cubs are now taking the next step in the rebuilding of the franchise. When the Cubs open the 2015 season..." December 10

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Lester decision unlikely before winter meetings.

  • Dodgers look like fourth team in for Lester, joining Cubs, Red Sox, Giants

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers have expressed interest in both top free-agent starters Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, and it appears they may make a late try for Lester, who's expected to make a decision among four or so teams within a week or so. WEEI radio station in Boston first suggested that, in fact, the..." December 04

  • Source: Likely Lester makes decision by week's end

    CSN New England "The Jon Lester Sweepstakes could be reaching a conclusion soon. One baseball executive said it's "likely'' that the free agent pitcher will make his choice before the end of the week. Earlier reports had Lester wanting to finalize his deal before the winter meeting officially kick off..." December 03

  • Report: Cubs remain high bidder for Lester with 6-year, $138M offer

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants became the latest team Monday to join a string of confabs for highly coveted free agent Jon Lester, but it appears no club has matched the offer the Chicago Cubs made the 30-year-old left-hander. Sources told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the Cubs offered Lester a six-year..." December 02

  • Not so fast on the Cardinals’ reported interest in Jon Lester

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week Peter Gammons reported that the Cardinals planned to bring in free agent left-hander Jon Lester for a visit, but now that doesn’t appear to be the case. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that the Cardinals “had no plans to bring Lester to St. Louis for a..." November 29

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    Rob Bradford @bradfo

    Source familiar with negotiations doesn't forsee Lester signing soon. Still going through the process (meeting with teams, etc.)

  • Cubs have made offer 'north of $135 million' to Jon Lester

    CSN Chicago "Jon Lester is still one of the biggest dominos to fall in Major League Baseball's offseason. It's not even December yet, but Lester has already drawn interest from the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants in addition to the Boston Red Sox - his former team - and the..." November 25

  • Source: Lester offer on table from Red Sox

    ESPN Boston "The Boston Red Sox made a contract offer to pitcher Jon Lester when he met with the team's owners earlier this week, according to a major league source. The terms of the offer were not disclosed, and the source said he did not expect Lester to make a quick decision. Lester met with the..." November 19

  • Source: Lester makes free-agent visit to chilly Wrigley "Hopefully Jon Lester brought a warm coat to Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Lester met with the Cubs in what was believed to be the second stop on his offseason tour of prospective teams, according to a source. The Wrigleyville area was in a deep chill because of an early blast of winter weather...." November 19

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    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    #Cardinals have joined the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves in pursuit of Jon Lester according to a club source which makes sense after Miller trade

  • Braves Meeting With Jon Lester This Week

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have a meeting with left-hander Jon Lester this week, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (via Twitter). While Lester has been connected to a number of teams, this appears to be the first instance of a serious link to the Braves. The Braves dealt Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to the..." November 18

  • Sources: Royals have had talks with Lester's agents

    Fox Sports Kansas City "The Royals have had preliminary discussions with the agents for free-agent left-hander Jon Lester, according to sources close to the situation. Also, a representative from ACES Baseball Agency, which represents Lester, was believed to have been in Kansas City on Wednesday night. But a source..." November 14

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Source-Free agent pitcher Jon Lester will visit Cubs for formal meetings and tour next week .

  • Yankees have no plans to pursue free agents Pablo Sandoval, Jon Lester or Max Scherzer

    New York Daily News "Put the Panda heads away, Yankees fans; Pablo Sandoval isn’t coming to the Bronx. And you can add Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and James Shields to that list while you’re at it. According to a source, the Yankees have no plans to pursue either Scherzer or Lester, the top two free agents on the..." November 04

  • Jake Peavy, Jon Lester have eye on Cubs as package deal

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jon Lester to the Cubs as a free agent this winter? Jake Peavy has a better idea: a package deal. “No, I’m not offering a package to the Cubs,” the San Francisco Giants pitcher said, clarifying the impression he made while talking about himself, the Cubs and his pal Lester. “There’s a..." October 28

  • Previewing the Jon Lester sweepstakes

    CSN Chicago "Will Jon Lester be this year’s Anibal Sanchez or Masahiro Tanaka 2.0? The Lester-to-Chicago rumors started long before the Kansas City Royals eliminated the Oakland A’s late Tuesday night in a wild-card thriller. The speculation will only intensify now that Lester and the Cubs have all of..." October 02

  • Jon Lester Excited To Start A’s Wild Card Game: ‘This Is Why I’m Here’

    NESN "Jon Lester probably expected to be in the playoffs this season, but he likely figured it would be with the Boston Red Sox. However, Boston’s miserable season paired with the fact that Lester will be a free agent this season led the team to ship the left-hander to the Oakland Athletics. Lester..." September 29

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    Blair Kerkhoff @BlairKerkhoff

    Wild card game set: A's vs. #Royals, Jon Lester vs. James Shields

  • No matter what anyone says, Lester trade a big plus for Oakland A's

    CBS Sports "Without a doubt, the dumbest second-half narrative is that Oakland's trade of Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester derailed the A's. And there isn't even a second place. Lester pitches against the first-place Angels at Oakland Wednesday with a chance to put a virtual stranglehold on a playoff spot...." September 24

  • Lester return to Boston a long shot; Cubs, Yankees are likely players

    CBS Sports "There have been a lot of nice things said by ace starter Jon Lester about the Red Sox since being traded to the Athletics, and that shouldn't be a surprise. There's no reason to think he didn't absolutely love his time in Boston, as he has said both before he left and since he has gone. Still,..." August 20

  • Jon Lester delivering greatest free-agent season for pitcher in more than 15 years

    Yahoo! Sports "Every start is worth another million, maybe more. Jon Lester doesn't think this way, because his parents, and the reality of beating cancer at 22 years old, taught him to savor the moment he's living and not the ones ahead. And yet baseball operates in a universe parallel to the one playing out in..." August 13

  • Red Sox send Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes to A's for Yoenis Cespedes

    WEEI Boston "According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox have sent Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics in exchange for power hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The Athletics are loading for bear in their rotation, believing that power pitching is what wins in the postseason. With Lester —..." August 01

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    Sean McAdam @Sean_McAdam

    Can confirm Lester and Gomes to OAK for Cespedes. First reported by @alexspeier

  • Possible A's could emrge as a possible mystery team for Jon Lester

    CBS Sports "The A's, who already acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, are said to have at least some involvement in the Jon Lestery derby, according to people familiar with the talks. It isn't known what Oakland's chances ar at this point, but they already pulled off one surprise by landing..." July 31

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    Nick Cafardo @nickcafardo

    Source : Red Sox are asking for one major leaguer and prospects for Lester

  • Pedroia, teammates don't want to lose Lester

    ESPN Boston "Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia sat in the dugout at Fenway Park Tuesday afternoon and couldn’t fathom what this team would be like without Jon Lester. After Boston’s 4-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Pedroia seemed even more shaken up when he learned Lester was scratched from his..." July 30

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    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

    #RedSox in discussions on a deal that would end Jon Lester to the #Orioles sources from both teams say. Would return a pitcher

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Cardinals still could acquire Jon Lester, but that may require giving up Shelby Miller, who is currently in the rotation.

  • Lester is scratched from rotation as trade talk swirls

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox scratched Jon Lester from his start against the Blue Jays Wednesday night and are preparing to trade him. Righthander Brandon Workman has been recalled from Triple A Pawtucket to replace Lester and manager John Farrell said a corresponding roster move would be made before the..." July 30

  • If Lester is dealt, Workman would start finale "Jon Lester is still in line to start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays. But if he's traded in the next 24 hours, Brandon Workman will throw in his place. Lester will become a free agent at season's end, and reports indicate that he will likely be traded before Thursday's..." July 29

  • Sources: Pirates a dark-horse candidate to acquire Red Sox ace Jon Lester

    Yahoo! Sports "The Pittsburgh Pirates are a fast-emerging dark horse in the Jon Lester sweepstakes, joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in pursuit of the Boston ace as the Red Sox decide whether to trade him before Thursday's deadline, major league sources told Yahoo Sports. Pittsburgh, two games back of the..." July 29

  • Agent: Lester didn't fuel talks with demand

    ESPN Boston "Jon Lester's agent denied a published report that claimed the pitcher's representatives informed the Boston Red Sox what it would take to sign the ace left-hander, prompting the club's decision to trade him. "The discussions we had with the Red Sox were confidential and will remain that way,"..." July 29