Left-handed starter Jon Lester and the Washington Nationals are in agreement on a one-year deal with a mutual option, pending a physical. Lester, a three-time World Series Champion with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, is off to join a staff consisting of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin. He will look to secure his spot in baseball history this year as he is only 7 wins away from 200.
Cubs fans had hoped he’d be around Chicago in 2021 and have a chance to hit this prestigious milestone at Wrigley, and Lester did as well, publicly stating that he wanted to be back in Chicago. But with the Cubs’ budget cuts it was becoming increasingly unlikely. Lester was the first to sign the dotted line with the Cubs in 2014 and launch the golden era of the franchise that is coming to an end this off-season. In his six years in Chicago, Lester had two All-Star Game appearances (2016 & 2018), one NLCS MVP (2016), a 77-44 regular season record with a 3.64 ERA, a 2.44 ERA in 12 playoff games, and one World Series Championship (2016). Jon Lester is a Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox legend forever, and this year with the Nationals will likely be a final send off for the left-hander.
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