Jon Lester

#34, SP, Chi Cubs
Jon Lester
  • Height:
    6-4
  • Weight:
    240
  • Bats:
    L
  • Throws:
    L
  • Born:
    January 7, 1984
  • Birth Place:
    Tacoma, Washington
  • College:
    None
  • Draft:
    2002 2ⁿᵈ round by the Boston Red Sox
  • W
    16
  • L
    11
  • ERA
    2.46
  • K
    220
  • BB
    48


Player Notes
Cubs signed LHP Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract.

Advice: The deal was agreed to earlier in the week, but it took a few days to iron out all of the specifics in the contract. The Cubs will hold a press conference on Monday afternoon to formally introduce their new ace.

Fri, Dec 19 Rotoworld
Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that Jon Lester's signing bonus with the Cubs is worth $30 million.

Advice: Wowza. The bonus will be paid out over the life of his six-year, $155 million contract. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that $20 million will be paid up front while the remaining $10 million will be more spread out. The deal carries a full no-trade clause. The seventh year option is worth $25 million and carries a $10 million buyout. It will vest if he reaches 200 innings in 2020 or 400 total innings between 2019-20.

More: Jayson Stark on Twitter

Sat, Dec 13 Rotoworld
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Jon Lester's deal with the Cubs includes a signing bonus of at least $20 million.

Advice: Well, that probably made the decision a little bit easier. Nothing has been officially announced yet, but Lester has reportedly agreed to a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs. There's an option for a seventh year which could bring the max total to $170 million.

More: Buster Olney on Twitter

Wed, Dec 10 Rotoworld
Jon Lester is signing with the Cubs for six years and $155 million, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal and Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan are reporting.

Advice: According to Passan, the Red Sox offered $135 million for six years. It's certainly the right call for Lester; it's not like the Red Sox lacked the ability to match the Cubs offer and the Cubs' future is probably brighter anyway. He'll lead a rotation that also includes Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel.

More: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter

Wed, Dec 10 Rotoworld
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News was told by major league sources that the Cubs are in "strong position" to land Jon Lester.

Advice: Martino cautions that the Cubs haven't been told they're getting Lester yet and the Red Sox have "remained in the mix." However, he also notes that the industry has considered the Cubs the front-runners "all along" and "that feeling intensified" late Tuesday night. The expectation has been that Lester's decision will be revealed Tuesday, but Martino says it might not come until Wednesday.

More: New York Daily News

Tue, Dec 9 Rotoworld
Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the "industry expectation" is that Jon Lester's contract will fall in the $155-160 million range.

Advice: We've seen $150 million as a nice round number thrown out there, so it's not a surprise that a team would fork over a bit more to push themselves over the top. Lester has eliminated the Giants and Dodgers and is expected to decide soon whether to sign with the Cubs or Red Sox.

More: Chris Cotillo on Twitter

Tue, Dec 9 Rotoworld
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are out of the bidding for Jon Lester.

Advice: Lester had already eliminated the Giants and now he's officially crossed the Dodgers off his list. As many figured all along, the left-hander will wind up signing with either the Red Sox or Cubs. A decision could be revealed at some point Tuesday night.

More: Dylan Hernandez on Twitter

Tue, Dec 9 Rotoworld
Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans told Eno Sarris of Fangraphs.com that Jon Lester will not be signing with his club.

Advice: "We did not receive a rose," Evans said. It's not surprising after Evans indicated earlier Tuesday that the Giants were in the "back seat" as far as Lester goes. While the Dodgers haven't officially been ruled out for Lester at this point, it appears that this is going to come down to the Red Sox and Cubs. Lester could make a decision later Tuesday.

More: Eno Sarris on Twitter

Tue, Dec 9 Rotoworld
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Jon Lester's decision is "nearing the finish line."

Advice: Olney adds that Lester "soon will have final options to choose from" and it's "reasonable" to think a decision will come Tuesday night. It contradicts a report from Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, who said not long ago that Lester's agents are not at the stage to present their client with final offers. However, things can move quickly during the Winter Meetings, so there's no reason to doubt Olney's report. Lester is choosing between the Cubs, Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers, with the first two clubs looking like the favorites.

More: Buster Olney on Twitter

Tue, Dec 9 Rotoworld
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Jon Lester's agents are not at the stage to present their client with final offers from teams.

Advice: Most of the speculation was that a final resolution was expected to come down on Tuesday, but it's possible that won't be the case. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported early Tuesday morning that Lester has four offers on the table in the six-year, $150 million range and that one team could push it to seven years, $175 million. Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Tuesday on SiriusXM that he believes his team is in the "back seat" for Lester and pegged the Cubs and Red Sox as the favorites. The Dodgers are also believed to be in the mix.

More: WEEI.com

Tue, Dec 9 Rotoworld

Next Game

Home Score Away

Thursday, March 5 - (Preseason)

Head-to-head vs. Oakland

Head-to-head vs. Oakland
G GS W L SV BS HLD CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP BAA
Career vs. Oak 14 14 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 84.0 75 38 34 11 36 75 3.64 1.32 .241
Home (this year) 17 17 8 6 0 0 0 1 1 120.0 102 38 26 5 23 124 1.95 1.04 .228
Day (this year) 14 14 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 101.0 81 33 26 6 16 104 2.32 0.96 .218
Last game vs. Oak 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.1 8 5 5 0 2 5
Pitching
Last 10 Games Season To Date
Date Opp. Score Dec IP H R ER HR BB K W L SV BS HLD IP ERA
Sep 30 @KC L 8-9 - 7.1 8 5 5 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 7.1 6.14
Sep 24 LAA L 4-5 L 7.0 8 5 3 0 0 7 16 11 0 0 0 219.2 2.46
Sep 19 Phi W 3-1 W 7.0 5 1 1 1 2 7 16 10 0 0 0 212.2 2.41
Sep 14 @Sea W 4-0 W 6.0 4 0 0 0 4 7 15 10 0 0 0 205.2 2.45
Sep 9 @CWS W 11-2 W 8.0 7 2 2 1 2 8 14 10 0 0 0 199.2 2.52
Sep 3 Sea L 1-2 L 8.0 7 2 2 2 0 5 13 10 0 0 0 191.2 2.54
Aug 29 @LAA L 0-4 L 6.0 6 3 2 1 1 5 13 9 0 0 0 183.2 2.55
Aug 23 LAA W 2-1 - 7.0 5 1 1 0 1 7 13 8 0 0 0 177.2 2.53
Aug 17 @Atl L 3-4 L 6.0 6 4 3 2 1 5 13 8 0 0 0 170.2 2.58
Aug 12 @KC W 11-3 W 6.0 6 3 3 0 2 9 13 7 0 0 0 164.2 2.51
Career Stats
Pitching
Pitching
Year Team G GS W L SV BS HLD CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP BAA
2006 Bos 15 15 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 81.1 91 43 43 7 43 60 4.76 1.65 .295
2007 Bos 12 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 63.0 61 33 32 10 31 50 4.57 1.46 .257
2008 Bos 33 33 16 6 0 0 0 2 2 210.1 202 78 75 14 66 152 3.21 1.27 .256
2009 Bos 32 32 15 8 0 0 0 2 0 203.1 186 80 77 20 64 225 3.41 1.23 .242
2010 Bos 32 32 19 9 0 0 0 2 0 208.0 167 81 75 14 83 225 3.25 1.20 .220
2011 Bos 31 31 15 9 0 0 0 0 0 191.2 166 77 74 20 75 182 3.47 1.26 .234
2012 Bos 33 33 9 14 0 0 0 3 0 205.1 216 117 110 25 68 166 4.82 1.38 .273
2013 Bos 33 33 15 8 0 0 0 1 1 213.1 209 94 89 19 67 177 3.75 1.29 .253
2014 Oak 11 11 6 4 0 0 0 1 1 76.2 66 24 20 7 16 71 2.35 1.07 .232
2014 Bos 21 21 10 7 0 0 0 0 0 143.0 128 52 40 9 32 149 2.52 1.12 .238
Totals 253 252 116 67 0 0 0 11 4 1596.0 1492 679 635 145 545 1457 3.58 1.28 .248
Batting
Batting
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2006 Bos 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2008 Bos 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2009 Bos 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2010 Bos 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .200
2011 Bos 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2012 Bos 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2013 Bos 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2014 Bos 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2014 Oak 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Totals 16 36 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 22 0 0 .000 .026 .000 .026
Fielding
Fielding
Year Team G POS GS INN PO TC A E DP FPCT
2006 Bos 15 P 15 81 0 11 11 0 0 1.000
2007 Bos 12 P 11 63 6 11 4 1 0 .909
2008 Bos 33 P 33 210 19 42 21 2 3 .952
2009 Bos 32 P 32 203 7 33 24 2 1 .939
2010 Bos 32 P 32 208 5 43 35 3 2 .930
2011 Bos 31 P 31 191 9 29 19 1 2 .966
2012 Bos 33 P 33 205 14 37 21 2 3 .946
2013 Bos 33 P 33 213 12 32 18 2 1 .938
2014 Bos 21 P 21 143 4 18 12 2 1 .889
2014 Oak 11 P 11 76 4 8 4 0 0 1.000
Totals 253 P 252 1596 80 264 169 15 13 .943