Jon Lester RUMORS & NEWS

  • 85d
    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 "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

  • 107d
    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

  • 112d
    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

  • 157d
    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 "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 "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

  • 217d
    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 "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

  • 217d
    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

  • 218d
    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

  • 218d
    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

  • Brewers among several teams to inquire about Red Sox ace Jon Lester "The Brewers, a team with a history of being aggressive at the trade deadline, is among several teams to be making a play for Red Sox ace Jon Lester. Milwaukee, famous for acquiring CC Sabathia in July 2008, leads the NL Central by 1½ games. The Brewers have a top young pitcher in Jimmy..." July 29

  • 219d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #RedSox open to trading BOTH Lester and Lackey for right returns.

  • The Red Sox’s best move is to trade Jon Lester

    Yahoo! Sports "Two years ago, amid the chaos of a season crumbling around them and the eventual fire sale that paved the way for a championship, the Boston Red Sox very quietly let teams know that Jon Lester was available. He was in the midst of his worst season, coming off the beer-and-chicken mess of 2011,..." July 28

  • Stock Watch: Lester enters fray; Phils' Lee, Howard may be untradeable "Red Sox ace Jon Lester zooms to the top in his first week of consideration in a trade-deadline edition of Stock Watch. With the Red Sox now listening to overtures on their ace, Lester is now finally eligible to make the prestigious list in July; there's no doubt he qualifies based on..." July 28

  • Red Sox owner: Jon Lester talks off

    Boston Herald "If Jon Lester re-signs with the Red Sox, it won’t be until after the season. In an e-mail to the Herald last night, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the team has agreed not to resume contract talks with its ace left-hander until the season is done. In late June, Lester said he didn’t..." July 24

  • Lester 'thrown off' by in-season contract talks as free agency looms "Red Sox ace Jon Lester put contract talks on hold when he halted the team's recent in-season effort to rekindle discussions, telling them he preferred that he and the team avoid any potential distraction for the time being. Lester explained his decision to cut off in-season talks, telling..." July 15

  • Lester says his desire to stay put is still strong

    ESPN Boston "Jon Lester doesn’t want to talk about finality -- not about his third career All-Star appearance, how long he could maintain his high level of play or if his Boston Red Sox career could be coming to a close. Lester, 30, might not have all the answers right now, but with free agency potentially..." July 14

  • Jon Lester shouldn't be part of Red Sox' selloff

    CSN New England "The first domino -- in the person of A.J. Pierzynski -- fell Wednesday, with the Red Sox designating the veteran catcher for assignment and moving forward with Christian Vazquez behind the plate. Starter Jake Peavy will probably be next, shipped to some National League playoff contender (or..." July 10

  • 280d

    Lucchino tells @DandCShow that he would expect negotiations with Lester to continue during the season.

  • Red Sox low-balled Jon Lester, extension talks halted

    Fox Sports "This is looking more and more like left-hander Jon Lester's last season with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox's most recent offer to Lester was far below market value -- four years for between $70 million and $80 million, according to sources within the team'€™s clubhouse. Lester, who is..." April 12

  • Cherington mum on Lester negotiations

    CSN New England "One spring training contract extension press conference down, one to go? That was the question Monday, after the Red Sox officially announced a new deal for David Ortiz. Now, Jon Lester, who is eligible for free agency this fall, is on deck. "I can't handicap it,'' said GM Ben..." March 25

  • GM: Sox hope for Lester deal this week

    ESPN Boston "Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, who was here Monday to announce David Ortiz’s contract extension, said the club is still attempting to strike an agreement with pitcher Jon Lester on a new deal before the end of camp, but would not speculate on the chances of doing so. “I can’t handicap it," he..." March 24

  • With contract on agenda, Boston's Lester says, 'I don't like change' "Red Sox ace Jon Lester, extraordinary pitcher and model employee, saves his hardball game for the field. When it comes to contract negotiations, there are no breaking pitches, no changeups. When he says he wants to stay a Red Sox, he means it. “I don't like change,” Lester said in an interview..." March 01

  • Jon Lester, Red Sox haven't discussed contract extension "Red Sox ace Jon Lester is set to hit free agency after the 2014 season, and he's yet to discuss a possible contract extension with the Boston front office. “We haven't sat down. I think there's going to be a time and a place for that,” Lester said ( “But that's not really..." February 18

  • Signing Jon Lester to Long-Term Extension Is a No-Brainer for Red Sox

    Bleacher Report "The Boston Red Sox can get away with not signing Jon Lester to an extension. They'll have options if he walks, something he could very well do after the 2014 season. But since Lester is apparently willing to make like Dustin Pedroia and give the Red Sox a discount on a long-term deal, then,..." January 25

  • Jon Lester: "I want to be here until they have to rip this jersey off my back"

    Providence Journal "Jon Lester is far from a New England native. He was born and raised just south of Seattle. He met his wife in South Carolina. His Southern twang gives away the roots he's put down in Georgia, where he bought a new house this offseason. But more than 10 years have elapsed since the Red Sox..." January 24

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