Jon Lester#31, SP, Oakland
- January 7, 1984
- Birth Place:
- Tacoma, Washington
- 2002 2ⁿᵈ round by the Boston Red Sox
— Player Notes
Advice: Lester is still said to be early in the free agent process and is still meeting with interested teams. The Red Sox remain optimistic at a reunion with the prized left-hander, though the Cubs, Braves, Giants and Cardinals are among many others interested in his services.
More: Rob Bradford on Twitter8 hours ago Rotoworld
Advice: "I am. I'm hopeful," Henry said. He has also said the team won't be concerned about exceeding the $189 million luxury tax to improve the ballclub. The Red Sox just announced the Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez signings Tuesday, but it appears that won't preclude them from pursuing Lester. The Cubs, Braves, Giants and Cardinals are also rumored to be involved.
More: Rob Bradford on TwitterWed, Nov 26 Rotoworld
Advice: This is the biggest reported offer to Lester thus far, topping the six-year, $110-120 million offer he reportedly received from the Red Sox. This is shaping up to be more than a two-team race, as the Braves, Giants, and Cardinals are also involved. In fact, Kaplan pegs the Giants as a serious threat. Perhaps something close to a $25 million AAV isn't so far-fetched after all.
More: CSNChicago.comTue, Nov 25 Rotoworld
Advice: That's a lot of dough. Only three pitchers (Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, and Clayton Kershaw) have ever signed a contract with an AAV of $25 million or more. Lester has reportedly received a six-year offer from the Red Sox worth between $110-120 million, but it sounds like he'll end up getting more before all is said and done.
More: Bruce Levine on TwitterTue, Nov 25 Rotoworld
Advice: While the money will obviously be an important factor in his decision, Lester also values comfort. This could give an edge to the Red Sox or the Braves in his adopted hometown of Atlanta. The Cubs, Giants, and Cardinals are also believed to be in the mix. The Red Sox have reportedly offered Lester a six-year deal worth between $110 and $120 million and Heyman hears that they could be willing to go to $130 million to get a deal done.
More: CBS SportsTue, Nov 25 Rotoworld
Advice: Gammons adds that Lester "perhaps" could then make a decision at the end of that week ahead of the Winter Meetings. Most have viewed the Cubs and Red Sox as the favorites to sign the left-hander, but the Cards, Braves, Giants, Blue Jays and Royals have also expressed interest. Part of the appeal with Lester is that it won't cost a team a draft pick to sign him.
More: GammonsDaily.comTue, Nov 25 Rotoworld
Advice: The Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval in the last 12-24 hours, but they're apparently not done spending in this market. Lester is also drawing serious interest from the Cubs and Braves, and the Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Royals have also been linked. The 30-year-old left-hander registered a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland.
More: Pete Abraham on TwitterTue, Nov 25 Rotoworld
Advice: Sandoval is reportedly headed to Boston (along with Hanley Ramirez) on a five-year deal worth around $100 million. That has left the defending World Series-champion Giants scrambling to reload -- Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas is known to be a target, and Rosenthal suggests that third baseman Chase Headley might become an option to take over for Sandoval at third base. Lester would obviously be a fantastic addition to the San Francisco pitching staff. The Cubs, Braves, Red Sox, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Royals are also believed to have serious interest.
More: Ken Rosenthal on TwitterMon, Nov 24 Rotoworld
Advice: The three teams known to have met with the free agent are the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves. Rosenthal also wrote that the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Royals "have interest" in Lester. He speculated that the Yankees could possibly jump into the mix, but at this point, that's just speculation. The Red Sox reportedly offered Lester a six-year deal worth between $110 and $120 million.
More: Fox SportsMon, Nov 24 Rotoworld
Advice: Lester met with Red Sox, Cubs and Braves this week. The Cardinals have been mentioned as one potential landing spot for Lester, so they could be one of the clubs the left-hander visits next week. The Red Sox reportedly have offered Lester a six-year deal in the $110-120 million range.
More: Rob Bradford on TwitterSun, Nov 23 Rotoworld
|Last 10 Games||Season To Date|
|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|