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Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jon Lester signing with the Red Sox this offseason is seen as a "long shot."
It's no surprise, given they failed to agree to extension terms before the trade deadline and ultimately dealt him. Boston will likely at least make a cursory effort with Lester this winter, but the left-hander returning to Boston doesn't appear to be in the cards. Heyman says that the Yankees and Cubs are "much more likely landing spots" for the 30-year-old. Aug 20 - 2:37 PM

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Jon Lester delivered a quality start on Sunday, but was handed his eighth loss of the season after allowing three runs on six hits over six frames against the Braves.

Lester struck out five while walking one in the ballgame. The big blow against him came in the fourth inning, where Justin Upton belted a two-run homer to put the Braves ahead to stay. It was the first loss for Lester as a member of the Athletics, and first overall for him since June 7. He’ll look to get back in the win column on Sunday when he does battle against the Angels.
Aug 17 - 10:59 PM

Jon Lester struck out nine batters while allowing three runs over six innings in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

Lester was staked to a lead that got bigger as the game went on, so he didn't need to be too fine to earn his 13th win. He gave up six hits and two walks in the victory. Lester is now 3-0 in three starts with the A's, and he still hasn't lost since June 7. The southpaw will try to stay on a roll in Sunday's interleague meeting with the Braves in Atlanta.
Aug 12 - 11:12 PM

Jon Lester fired a three-hit shutout, striking out eight, in a 3-0 win against the Twins on Thursday.

Lester had a perfect game through five innings and only found himself in trouble in the sixth, when Brian Dozier very nearly tied the game with a three-run homer that hooked foul. Outside of that frame, the Twins were helpless against Oakland's high-profile deadline acquisition. Although the A's have dominated the Twins in recent seasons, their stud new starter had curiously struggled against Minnesota in his career; Lester came into the matchup 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA in nine starts against the Twins. The left-hander hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since June 7, slashing his ERA from 3.52 to 2.44 over that stretch. Having improved to 12-7 overall, Lester heads to Kansas City on Tuesday for a date with the Royals.
Aug 8 - 12:54 AM

Jon Lester was victorious in his Athletics' debut on Saturday, allowing three runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings against the Royals.

He struck out three and walked one on Yoenis Cespedes T-shirt day at O.co Coliseum. Lester was sailing with an 8-1 lead until he ran out of gas in seventh, allowing a pair of runs before getting yanked. The left-hander improved to 11-7 with a 2.59 ERA, numbers he'll defend against the Twins at home next week.
Aug 2 - 9:41 PM

Jon Lester will make his Athletics' debut on Saturday against the Royals.

Coincidentally, Saturday happens to be Yoenis Cespedes (who was traded for Lester) t-shirt day at O.co Coliseum. Lester has put up a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this season and should only get better at his new pitcher-friendly park.
Aug 1 - 12:04 PM

Athletics acquired LHP Jon Lester and OF Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox for OF Yoenis Cespedes.

The A's were unsatisfied with their rotation even after acquiring Jeff Samardzija (and Jason Hammel) from the Cubs, so they got a little more creative and picked up the top ace on the trade market. Lester can become a free agent after the 2014 World Series and is highly doubtful to re-sign with Oakland, but he'll give the club a big boost down the stretch and into October. The 30-year-old left-hander was sporting a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this season for Boston. Now he moves to the most pitcher-friendly park in MLB.
Jul 31 - 10:16 AM

WEEI's Alex Speier reports that the A's have acquired left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Boston also gets a competitive-balance pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. Without many elite-level prospects remaining in the wake of the Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trade, the A's had to get creative to work out a deal for Lester. And this sure is creative. Cespedes has big-time power, a huge throwing arm, and is under contractual control through 2015, so it's a big piece to give up for the penny-pinching A's. Lester, who can become a free agent this winter, gets a sizable fantasy boost with the move to pitcher-friendly Oakland.
Jul 31 - 9:49 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Jon Lester has been traded to a yet-to-be identified team.

Passan only says it's a "West Coast" club. The Dodgers and A's are known to have been in the hunt for the 30-year-old left-hander, who boasts a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this season for Boston. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman suspects that Lester is headed to Oakland.
Jul 31 - 9:41 AM

The Cardinals and Pirates are the two teams "pushing hardest" for Jon Lester, sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi.

Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers remain involved as well. The Cardinals made a move for a starter on Wednesday, acquiring Justin Masterson from the Indians, but they remain interested in Lester as more impactful starter to pair with Adam Wainwright. Lester would immediately become the Pirates' ace down the stretch. Lester is a free agent after the season.
Jul 31 - 12:01 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that a trade sending Jon Lester to the Orioles is "not close."

Rosenthal didn't rule out something getting done, but it appears the two sides aren't as close to crossing the finish line as previously reported. MLB.com's Peter Gammons adds that the Red Sox still have "plenty" of alternatives if they're not able to work something out with the O's.
Jul 30 - 3:27 PM

MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports that the Orioles are close to acquiring Jon Lester from the Red Sox.

The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham is also hearing the deal is close and says the Red Sox will receive a pitcher in return. He mentions Miguel Gonzalez, but he would figure to be a secondary part of the deal. It appears that Lester will get to stay in the AL East and has said in the past that he would still consider re-signing with the Red Sox.
Jul 30 - 3:16 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals could still go after Jon Lester even after the acquisition of Justin Masterson.

Morosi says that they would have to be willing to give up Shelby Miller to do it. It's certainly possible that the Red Sox have floated this information to Morosi in order to drive up Lester's price with other teams. On the other hand, St. Louis didn't have to surrender any of their top prospects to get Masterson, so we can't rule anything out.
Jul 30 - 2:51 PM

MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Dodgers are no longer pursuing Jon Lester, David Price and Cole Hamels.

The Dodgers are refusing to give up Joc Pederson, Corey Seager or Julio Urias in any deal, which makes acquiring one of the aforementioned aces an impossibility. Gammons said they're now focused on adding a back-end starter and bullpen help. With the Cardinals also out of the picture, it appears the Lester market might be down to the Pirates and A's.
Jul 30 - 2:33 PM

Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the Marlins are "not completely" out of the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

Rodriguez says the Marlins will not trade Andrew Heaney for Lester, but it sounds like they might be willing to consider just about anyone else in their system. For what it's worth, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said the club is "not going to be short-sighted" in any deals.
Jul 30 - 12:37 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1John Jaso
2Derek Norris
1B1Brandon Moss
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Eric Sogard
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Andy Parrino
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Stephen Vogt
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
3Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Kyle Blanks
2Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Sonny Gray
3Jeff Samardzija
4Scott Kazmir
5Jason Hammel
6A.J. Griffin
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Cook
3Luke Gregerson
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Fernando Abad
6Jesse Chavez