Rumors & Rants "Here is a modest proposal for Cubs manager Joe Maddon: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER CAN YOU START JON LESTER OVER JAKE ARRIETA IN A WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAME. That’s as modestly as I can get the point across, at any rate, though some non-caps lock talking points would probably allow my plea..." August 20
Covers.com "Chicago Cubs ace left-hander Jon Lester will be brought back on short rest following a rain-abbreviated outing to start Friday against the visiting San Francisco Giants. Lester threw just 31 pitches during a 1 2/3-inning stint Monday night against the Pirates at Pittsburgh in a game that was..." August 05
USA Today "After 10 seasons in MLB and 67 at-bats, Cubs pitcher Jon Lester finally got his first career hit Monday night against the Cardinals. Lester hit St. Louis pitcher John Lackey and was able to reach first for an infield single. " July 06
jon lester sets record in style. goes to 0-for-58 (biggest 0-fer to start a career) with flyout to wall vs. max scherzer.
Chicago Sun-Times "Jon Lester is well aware that the start to his Cubs career hasn’t gone very well. Not only has Lester pitched poorly — nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings — but he’s also got what can only be described as a case of the yips. Lester struggles to throw the ball to first base on pick-off attempts,..." April 16
The Score "Jon Lester didn't sign a six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs to lose baseball games, so it's no surprise that the left-hander strongly disapproved of the team's decision to demote top prospect Kris Bryant despite an exceptional spring. "It sucks," Lester told reporters Tuesday. "The quicker..." March 31
The Score "Jon Lester could be on a pitch limit in his first start of the season after missing a spring outing last week due to arm fatigue. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Lester is expected to throw 60 pitches against minor-league competition Thursday, and no more than 80 in his final spring tuneup..." March 25
ESPN Chicago "Calling it a "beautiful moment," Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was thoroughly impressed by pitcher Jon Lester's attitude after giving up six runs in 3.1 innings against the San Diego Padres in Monday's 7-0 loss. "I was so proud of Jon Lester," Maddon said Tuesday morning. "Lester would not..." March 18
Source confirms Jon Lester is signing with #Cubs and getting a six-year, $155 million deal.
CSN Chicago "The Cubs have agreed to terms with one of the biggest free agents on the market. Jon Lester has picked the Cubs over the other finalist - the Boston Red Sox - in a move that signals the Cubs are now taking the next step in the rebuilding of the franchise. When the Cubs open the 2015 season..." December 10
Sources: Lester decision unlikely before winter meetings.
CBS Sports "The Dodgers have expressed interest in both top free-agent starters Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, and it appears they may make a late try for Lester, who's expected to make a decision among four or so teams within a week or so. WEEI radio station in Boston first suggested that, in fact, the..." December 04
CSN New England "The Jon Lester Sweepstakes could be reaching a conclusion soon. One baseball executive said it's "likely'' that the free agent pitcher will make his choice before the end of the week. Earlier reports had Lester wanting to finalize his deal before the winter meeting officially kick off..." December 03
The Score "The San Francisco Giants became the latest team Monday to join a string of confabs for highly coveted free agent Jon Lester, but it appears no club has matched the offer the Chicago Cubs made the 30-year-old left-hander. Sources told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the Cubs offered Lester a six-year..." December 02
Hardball Talk "Earlier this week Peter Gammons reported that the Cardinals planned to bring in free agent left-hander Jon Lester for a visit, but now that doesn’t appear to be the case. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that the Cardinals “had no plans to bring Lester to St. Louis for a..." November 29
Source familiar with negotiations doesn't forsee Lester signing soon. Still going through the process (meeting with teams, etc.)
CSN Chicago "Jon Lester is still one of the biggest dominos to fall in Major League Baseball's offseason. It's not even December yet, but Lester has already drawn interest from the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants in addition to the Boston Red Sox - his former team - and the..." November 25
ESPN Boston "The Boston Red Sox made a contract offer to pitcher Jon Lester when he met with the team's owners earlier this week, according to a major league source. The terms of the offer were not disclosed, and the source said he did not expect Lester to make a quick decision. Lester met with the..." November 19
MLB.com "Hopefully Jon Lester brought a warm coat to Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Lester met with the Cubs in what was believed to be the second stop on his offseason tour of prospective teams, according to a source. The Wrigleyville area was in a deep chill because of an early blast of winter weather...." November 19
#Cardinals have joined the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves in pursuit of Jon Lester according to a club source which makes sense after Miller trade
MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have a meeting with left-hander Jon Lester this week, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (via Twitter). While Lester has been connected to a number of teams, this appears to be the first instance of a serious link to the Braves. The Braves dealt Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to the..." November 18
Fox Sports Kansas City "The Royals have had preliminary discussions with the agents for free-agent left-hander Jon Lester, according to sources close to the situation. Also, a representative from ACES Baseball Agency, which represents Lester, was believed to have been in Kansas City on Wednesday night. But a source..." November 14
Source-Free agent pitcher Jon Lester will visit Cubs for formal meetings and tour next week .
New York Daily News "Put the Panda heads away, Yankees fans; Pablo Sandoval isn’t coming to the Bronx. And you can add Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and James Shields to that list while you’re at it. According to a source, the Yankees have no plans to pursue either Scherzer or Lester, the top two free agents on the..." November 04
Chicago Sun-Times "Jon Lester to the Cubs as a free agent this winter? Jake Peavy has a better idea: a package deal. “No, I’m not offering a package to the Cubs,” the San Francisco Giants pitcher said, clarifying the impression he made while talking about himself, the Cubs and his pal Lester. “There’s a..." October 28
CSN Chicago "Will Jon Lester be this year’s Anibal Sanchez or Masahiro Tanaka 2.0? The Lester-to-Chicago rumors started long before the Kansas City Royals eliminated the Oakland A’s late Tuesday night in a wild-card thriller. The speculation will only intensify now that Lester and the Cubs have all of..." October 02
NESN "Jon Lester probably expected to be in the playoffs this season, but he likely figured it would be with the Boston Red Sox. However, Boston’s miserable season paired with the fact that Lester will be a free agent this season led the team to ship the left-hander to the Oakland Athletics. Lester..." September 29
Wild card game set: A's vs. #Royals, Jon Lester vs. James Shields
CBS Sports "Without a doubt, the dumbest second-half narrative is that Oakland's trade of Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester derailed the A's. And there isn't even a second place. Lester pitches against the first-place Angels at Oakland Wednesday with a chance to put a virtual stranglehold on a playoff spot...." September 24
CBS Sports "There have been a lot of nice things said by ace starter Jon Lester about the Red Sox since being traded to the Athletics, and that shouldn't be a surprise. There's no reason to think he didn't absolutely love his time in Boston, as he has said both before he left and since he has gone. Still,..." August 20
Yahoo! Sports "Every start is worth another million, maybe more. Jon Lester doesn't think this way, because his parents, and the reality of beating cancer at 22 years old, taught him to savor the moment he's living and not the ones ahead. And yet baseball operates in a universe parallel to the one playing out in..." August 13
WEEI Boston "According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox have sent Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics in exchange for power hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The Athletics are loading for bear in their rotation, believing that power pitching is what wins in the postseason. With Lester —..." August 01
Can confirm Lester and Gomes to OAK for Cespedes. First reported by @alexspeier
CBS Sports "The A's, who already acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, are said to have at least some involvement in the Jon Lestery derby, according to people familiar with the talks. It isn't known what Oakland's chances ar at this point, but they already pulled off one surprise by landing..." July 31
Source : Red Sox are asking for one major leaguer and prospects for Lester
ESPN Boston "Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia sat in the dugout at Fenway Park Tuesday afternoon and couldn’t fathom what this team would be like without Jon Lester. After Boston’s 4-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Pedroia seemed even more shaken up when he learned Lester was scratched from his..." July 30
Cardinals still could acquire Jon Lester, but that may require giving up Shelby Miller, who is currently in the rotation.
Boston Globe "The Red Sox scratched Jon Lester from his start against the Blue Jays Wednesday night and are preparing to trade him. Righthander Brandon Workman has been recalled from Triple A Pawtucket to replace Lester and manager John Farrell said a corresponding roster move would be made before the..." July 30
MLB.com "Jon Lester is still in line to start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays. But if he's traded in the next 24 hours, Brandon Workman will throw in his place. Lester will become a free agent at season's end, and reports indicate that he will likely be traded before Thursday's..." July 29
Yahoo! Sports "The Pittsburgh Pirates are a fast-emerging dark horse in the Jon Lester sweepstakes, joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in pursuit of the Boston ace as the Red Sox decide whether to trade him before Thursday's deadline, major league sources told Yahoo Sports. Pittsburgh, two games back of the..." July 29
ESPN Boston "Jon Lester's agent denied a published report that claimed the pitcher's representatives informed the Boston Red Sox what it would take to sign the ace left-hander, prompting the club's decision to trade him. "The discussions we had with the Red Sox were confidential and will remain that way,"..." July 29
CBS Sports "The Brewers, a team with a history of being aggressive at the trade deadline, is among several teams to be making a play for Red Sox ace Jon Lester. Milwaukee, famous for acquiring CC Sabathia in July 2008, leads the NL Central by 1½ games. The Brewers have a top young pitcher in Jimmy..." July 29
Source: #RedSox open to trading BOTH Lester and Lackey for right returns.
Yahoo! Sports "Two years ago, amid the chaos of a season crumbling around them and the eventual fire sale that paved the way for a championship, the Boston Red Sox very quietly let teams know that Jon Lester was available. He was in the midst of his worst season, coming off the beer-and-chicken mess of 2011,..." July 28
CBS Sports "Red Sox ace Jon Lester zooms to the top in his first week of consideration in a trade-deadline edition of Stock Watch. With the Red Sox now listening to overtures on their ace, Lester is now finally eligible to make the prestigious list in July; there's no doubt he qualifies based on..." July 28
Boston Herald "If Jon Lester re-signs with the Red Sox, it won’t be until after the season. In an e-mail to the Herald last night, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the team has agreed not to resume contract talks with its ace left-hander until the season is done. In late June, Lester said he didn’t..." July 24
CBS Sports "Red Sox ace Jon Lester put contract talks on hold when he halted the team's recent in-season effort to rekindle discussions, telling them he preferred that he and the team avoid any potential distraction for the time being. Lester explained his decision to cut off in-season talks, telling..." July 15
ESPN Boston "Jon Lester doesn’t want to talk about finality -- not about his third career All-Star appearance, how long he could maintain his high level of play or if his Boston Red Sox career could be coming to a close. Lester, 30, might not have all the answers right now, but with free agency potentially..." July 14
CSN New England "The first domino -- in the person of A.J. Pierzynski -- fell Wednesday, with the Red Sox designating the veteran catcher for assignment and moving forward with Christian Vazquez behind the plate. Starter Jake Peavy will probably be next, shipped to some National League playoff contender (or..." July 10