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Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Jon Lester surrendered three runs on six hits in his 5 1/3 innings of work against the Padres on Sunday.
Lester's career as a Chicago Cub is off to a less than stellar start. His outing against the Padres was at least better by degrees than the six-run debacle he put up against the Reds in his last start. Versus the Padres, Lester gave up a two-run homer to Will Middlebrooks in the the third inning and after working into trouble in the sixth, he was pulled with two on and one out. Will Venable subsequently finished off Lester's line with an RBI hit. Lester struck out four and walked two in the contest while lowering his ERA to 6.89. That might look ghastly, but Lester owners should take solace in the fact that for the left-hander's career, April and May have been his worst months in terms of ERA. Historically, he gets better as the weather warms. Lester will face the Reds in his next start. Apr 19 - 5:29 PM

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Jon Lester continued to struggle, allowing six runs in six innings in a no-decision Monday, but the Cubs were still able to win against the Reds.

Lester was hit hard early, serving up three runs on four hits in the first inning. He seemed to settle down, but relented three more runs on four hits in the sixth inning. Overall, Lester yielded 10 hits, walked none, and struck out four. He'll take a 7.84 ERA into Sunday's home start versus the Padres.
Apr 13 - 11:38 PM

Jon Lester struggled in his Cubs debut on Sunday night, allowing three runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Cardinals.

On the positive side, the veteran southpaw was able to rack up six strikeouts on the evening against two walks. The Cardinals struck for single runs in the first and second innings, then added another in the fifth before chasing Lester. Luckily for him, Phil Coke was able to strand the bases loaded and prevent any further ratio damage in that fifth frame. Lester will look for better results when he takes on the Rockies at Coors Field next weekend.
Apr 5 - 11:22 PM

Jon Lester (arm) threw 54 pitches Thursday in a minor league game.

Lester struck out three of the 12 batters he faced while giving up one hit and one walk. The southpaw was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a tired arm, but he said that Thursday was "good" and a "normal day." He will make another minor league start next week, likely stretching out to 75-80 pitches, which should put him track to start Opening Night against the Cardinals on April.
Mar 26 - 4:51 PM

Jon Lester (arm) is expected to throw 60 pitches Thursday in either a minor league game or a B-game.

Lester was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a dead arm, but all involved have downplayed the significance and he made it through a bullpen session Monday without incident. Assuming all goes well Thursday, he'll make another start next week (likely in another minor league game) as his final tuneup for Opening Night on April 5. It's worth noting that keeping him on the minor league side would allow the Cubs to backdate him on the disabled list if there's an unexpected setback.
Mar 24 - 3:35 PM

Jon Lester (arm) is scheduled to throw a side session on Monday.

The veteran left-hander told the media Saturday that he feels fine and that there is no pain at all in his arm, just normal fatigue. There's no reason to believe at this point that he won't be ready to take the mound when the Cubs kick off the regular season on April 5.
Mar 21 - 11:41 AM

Jon Lester's scheduled start on Saturday has been pushed back due to a "dead arm" period.

While far from ideal, it's something pitchers often go through in spring training and it doesn't appear that any exams are currently scheduled. Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't think Lester starting on Opening Night on April 5 will be affected. The left-hander was knocked around for six runs over 3 1/3 innings on Monday in his last outing.
Mar 20 - 3:29 PM

Jon Lester was smacked around by the Padres in Monday's start, serving up six runs in 3 1/3 innings.

The Padres scored in each of Lester's final three innings. The lefty allowed seven hits -- including home runs to Matt Kemp and Tommy Medica -- while walking one and striking out four. The six runs were the first of the spring Lester had allowed. It's nothing to worry about; expect him to bounce back in his next outing.
Mar 16 - 7:00 PM

Jon Lester was exquisite again on Wednesday, shutting out the Dodgers over three innings.

Lester debuted on Friday against the Reds with two scoreless innings and was again dominant in a mid-week matinee. The lefty scattered three hits with no walks while striking out two. The Cubs are seeing exactly what they want to see so far from their $155 million man.
Mar 11 - 6:58 PM

Jon Lester dazzled in his Cubs debut on Friday, striking out three over two scoreless innings against the Reds in Cactus League action.

Lester allowed just one hit on the afternoon and didn't issue a walk. The 31-year-old southpaw and ace of the Cubs staff could be in line for a career season in 2015 with the move out of the hard-hitting American League East. He's fresh off a dominant 2014 campaign where he posted a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 220/48 K/BB ratio across 219 2/3 innings for the Red Sox and Athletics.
Mar 6 - 9:58 PM

Jon Lester has been named the Cubs' Opening Night starter.

The Cubs will kick off their regular-season schedule under the lights on Sunday, April 5 against the visiting Cardinals. Lester gets the nod after joining the rapidly-improving Northsiders roster this winter on a massive six-year, $155 million free agent contract. Adam Wainwright should be the starter for rival St. Louis in the first Major League Baseball game of 2015.
Mar 2 - 2:07 PM

Cubs signed LHP Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract.

The deal was agreed to earlier in the week, but it took a few days to iron out all of the specifics in the contract. The Cubs will hold a press conference on Monday afternoon to formally introduce their new ace.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 11:33:00 AM

Jayson Stark of reports that Jon Lester's signing bonus with the Cubs is worth $30 million.

Wowza. The bonus will be paid out over the life of his six-year, $155 million contract. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that $20 million will be paid up front while the remaining $10 million will be more spread out. The deal carries a full no-trade clause. The seventh year option is worth $25 million and carries a $10 million buyout. It will vest if he reaches 200 innings in 2020 or 400 total innings between 2019-20.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 11:38:00 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Jon Lester's deal with the Cubs includes a signing bonus of at least $20 million.

Well, that probably made the decision a little bit easier. Nothing has been officially announced yet, but Lester has reportedly agreed to a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs. There's an option for a seventh year which could bring the max total to $170 million.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 10:39:00 AM

Jon Lester is signing with the Cubs for six years and $155 million,'s Ken Rosenthal and Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan are reporting.

According to Passan, the Red Sox offered $135 million for six years. It's certainly the right call for Lester; it's not like the Red Sox lacked the ability to match the Cubs offer and the Cubs' future is probably brighter anyway. He'll lead a rotation that also includes Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 01:30:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Arismendy Alcantara
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Phil Coke
7Edwin Jackson
8Brian Schlitter
9Zac Rosscup
10Gonzalez Germen