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Lester contract, agreed to on the second day of baseball winter meetings, contains an option for 2021 that, if it becomes guaranteed, would make the deal worth $170 million over seven seasons. The average annual value of $25.8 million is the second highest for a pitcher behind cheap Clayton Kershaw jersey $30.7 million as part of a $215 million, seven year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys that began this year.
not often you get to win the lottery, and we won the baseball lottery this year, new Cubs jerseys manager Joe Maddon said. it up to us to put it into effect. three time All Star who turns 31 next month, Lester won two World Series titles with Boston. The left hander joins a long suffering team with a promising core of young players and a top tier manager, Maddon, who left Tampa Bay and signed a $25 million, five year contract with the Cubs jerseys.
Now, Chicago has an ace to lead the rotation as it tries to end a run of five straight losing seasons and a championship drought that dates to 1908.
Lester was dealt by the Red Sox jerseys to Oakland at the trade deadline in July and helped the A reach the playoffs for the third straight year before a 9 8, 12 inning loss to Kansas City in the AL wild card game. He went 16 11 with a career best 2.46 ERA and 220 strikeouts last season and is 116 67 with a 3.58 ERA in nine big league seasons.
He also had been sought by the Red Sox jerseys, World Series champion San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys.
Lester is headed to a team that hasn made the playoffs since 2008, but he knows Cubs jerseys president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer from their time together in Boston.
Maddon had been used to small payrolls in Tampa Bay.
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Chicago has a pending $20 million, two year deal with right hander cheap Jason Hammel jersey, traded by the Cubs jerseys to Oakland last summer. Earlier Tuesday, the Cubs jerseys acquired All Star catcher cheap Miguel Montero jersey from Arizona for minor league right handers Jeferson Mejia and cheap Zack Godley jersey a deal that added $40 million in payroll over the next three years.
The Cubs jerseys also have a pair of All Stars in the batting order in first baseman cheap Anthony Rizzo jersey and shortstop cheap Starlin Castro jersey and expect improved performances from young sluggers cheap Javier Baez jersey and cheap Jorge Soler jersey. Ahead is another wave of prospects that includes third baseman cheap Kris Bryant jersey and shortstop cheap Addison Russell jersey.
Maddon hopes an addition such as Lester helps change the mindset in the clubhouse when spring training starts in February.
definitely makes it more believable to everybody else in that room, he said. stand up and make the same speech regardless, but when you have it backed up by that particular kind of presence, it adds to it.