Sources: Lester to #Cubs.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2014
Jon Lester, Cubs agree on six-year, $155M deal, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Red Sox are runners-up. Their final bid: six for $135M.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 10, 2014
The San Francisco Giants were willing to go seven years, somewhere in the neighborhood of $168 million for Jon Lester. He took less money.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 10, 2014
Lester to Cubs. #Redsox informed not them.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 10, 2014
Sox should have signed him last Spring Training and shouldn't have lowballed him. All the hitting in the world isn't worth much without pitching. Now the Sox will have to overpay an inferior free agent pitcher or give up top prospects in a trade for one. Disappointed that the Red Sox were so far off from what Theo and the Cubs offered. One has to think that for a bit more, Lester would have returned to Boston.