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Latest On Cubs, Jon Lester


#This offseason has brought major changes to the #Cubs, who have lost president of baseball operations Theo #Epstein and key on-field contributors in #Yu darvish, #Kyle #Schwarber and #Victor #Caratini since the winter began. #Free-agent left-hander #Jon #Lester may be one of the next to officially go, as #Robert #Murray of #FanSided reports “there has been little indication of progress toward a reunion” between the two sides.

#Soon to turn 37 years old, #Lester reached free agency when the #Cubs declined his $25MM option for 2021 in favor of a $10MM buyout. #That was a straightforward decision for the #Cubs, though #Lester didn’t harbor any ill will toward the club in its aftermath. #He even said there was “mutual” interest in a new deal once #Chicago terminated his previous pact. #Since then, however, there hasn’t been much news on #Lester. #San #Francisco is the only reported team that has shown interest in him in the past several weeks.

#On paper, losing #Lester probably won’t be a big blow to the #Cubs. #After all, the former star struggled to a 5.16 ERA/5.14 FIP in 61 innings last season, and also wasn’t a world-beater in 2019. #However, having made enormous contributions to the franchise since joining it in 2015, #Lester is a #Cubs great and well-respected veteran who, even in this late stage of his career, has shown he’s capable of eating innings on a regular basis. #In fact, he amassed at least 171 2/3 frames in each of his first five seasons as a #Cub before last year’s pandemic-shortened campaign.

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#Lester shouldn’t be expensive for the #Cubs to re-sign, but if they don’t bring him back, they may need to find another source(s) of innings from outside the organization. #Kyle #Hendricks and #Zach #Davies (whom they acquired in the #Darvish trade) are the only truly proven starters on the roster. #While #Alec #Mills did pile up 62 1/3 innings in 2020, he didn’t prevent runs at a strong clip. There’s little experience to speak of otherwise among starting possibilities on the #Cubs’ 40-man roster. #Colin #Rea and #Adbert #Alzolay could vie for spots, and their #No. 1-ranked prospect, #Brailyn #Marquez, might be in for a larger major league role next season after throwing just two-thirds of an inning in 2020.





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