Cubs Talk Podcast: Jon Lester agrees to terms with Nationals

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Jon Lester agrees to terms with Nationals originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

On this emergency edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Jon Lester, one of the greatest free-agent signings in Chicago sports history, is signing a one-year deal with the Nationals. But according to David Kaplan, Lester made it clear he wanted to stay a Cub.

Did the Cubs not want Lester? Kap is joined by Gordon Wittenmyer to discuss what led Lester east and what money Lester was looking for. What are the Cubs thinking in not wanting Lester to return?

(1:45) - Gordon Wittenmyer: "First word that comes to mind on this is embarrassing. You can’t match $4 million? You can’t spare that for Jon Lester?"

(5:37) - 4/5 of the rotation is gone. Can the Cubs realistically compete with what they have?

(9:23) - Lester indicated he wanted to retire a Cub and to reach 200 wins as a Cub

(15:54) - Lester signaled the culture change when he got here. Letting him leave is almost unconscionable. 

(21:00) - If the Cubs are up in the division this summer, do they buy or sell?

(24:30) - Cubs culture change

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