Description: The Chicago Cubs made perhaps the biggest free-agent signing of the offseason agreeing to a six-year, $155 million deal with Jon Lester according to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Red Sox offered six-years, $135 million, so Lester went with the bigger contract. Perhaps Boston was hoping for a hometown discount because its unlikely the organization couldn't have offered him $155 million. Lester will be at the top of the Cubs rotation that includes Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel.
10/1/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Jon Lester allowed six runs over seven 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in the loss to the Royals in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Lester settled in after a rocky start that led to three Kansas City runs in the first three innings. Manager Bob Melvin likely stuck with Lester for too long as the Royals rallied in the eigth inning. Easy to second guess now. Lester was charged with three runs in the eighth, two of which scored after he exited. This was likely his last game for Oakland as Lester is a free agent this winter.
9/30/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Oakland left-hander Jon Lester is a career 6-4 with a 2.11 ERA and 1.043 WHIP in 13 postseason games.
Insight: Lester went undefeated against the Royals in three meetings this season, going 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA, 1.161 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 20 2/3 IP.
9/24/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Oakland left-hander Jon Lester takes loss Wednesday against Los Angeles.
Insight: Lester gave up five runs (three earned) over seven innings, while striking out seven Angels. He is now 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA on the year.
8/2/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland left-hander Jon Lester didn't pitch great, but it was good enough to secure his 11th win of the season.
Insight: Lester (11-7, 2.59 ERA) gave up nine hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings en route to the victory.
7/31/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: In a blockbuster move, the Red Sox have traded left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes.
Insight: Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. He'll join one of the top teams in baseball and get to pitch in one of the best pitcher's parks. He's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox, but they'll have to offer more than the $70 million over four years they proposed during spring training. Either Jason Hammel or Jesse Chavez will lose their spot in Oakland's rotation as a result of the trade.
7/29/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has officially been scratched from Wednesday's start due to ongoing trade discussions, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Brandon Workman will start in his place.
Insight: Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that Lester could be traded as soon as Tuesday night. Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. Even if he's traded before the deadline he's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox.
7/29/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester is expected to be scratched from Wednesday's start due to ongoing trade discussions, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Insight: Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. Even if he's traded before the deadline he's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox.
7/20/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester dominated the Royals Sunday for his 10th win of the year.
Insight: Lester struck out eight and gave up four hits over eight scoreless frames. The left-hander has a career-low 2.50 ERA and his 9.33 K/9 is his best since 2010. He's allowed one earned run on 21 hits while recording a 33/4 K/BB in his last 31 innings.
7/10/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester pitched like an ace again Thursday, but didn't get the win because his bullpen let him down.
Insight: Lester went seven innings and gave up one run on seven hits while striking out 12. His ERA as down to 2.65 which should normally amount to a better record than 9-7. I blame the offense more than the bullpen as three of his losses have come when he's yielded two runs or less.
7/5/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has been hot recently and takes the mound against his favorite opponent -- the Orioles -- Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Insight: Over his previous three starts, Lester is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 0.82 WHIP to go along with 16 strikeouts and five walks. Overall, his career winning percentage against Baltimore is tops among all his American League foes. In 26 starts against the O's, he owns a 2.92 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and has struck out 139 batters in 163.1 innings.
7/5/2014 5:14:00 AM
Description: He didn't get the win, but Boston left-hander Jon Lester pitched well against Baltimore Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Over his previous five starts, Lester has a 0.95 ERA and 0.849 WHIP. He didn't get the win today, but he's helped your ERA, WHIP and strikeout totals.
6/28/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox lefty Jon Lester outdueled Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka Saturday night.
Insight: Lester allowed one run (zero earned) on five hits and struck out six in eight innings to improve to 9-7. He threw his last pitch with the score tied at one, but Mike Napoli went yard in the top of the ninth to make a winner out of the left-hander. Lester has a 2.92 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 2.29 BB/9, all career lows, and his 9.08 K/9 is his best since 2010.
6/17/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox lefty Jon Lester won for the eighth time Tuesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Since getting roughed up by the Tigers two starts ago, Lester has gone 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He's now fourth on Boston's all-time strikeout list with 1,342 K's. Lester's next start is set for Sunday against Oakland.
6/17/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester said he would have "no hard feelings" if the team traded him this season. SOURCE: Ricky Doyle, NESN
Insight: Lester, who is pitching against the Twins on Tuesday, is in the final year of his contract. He's played his entire career in Boston and has already said he would be open to an extension if it came at the right price. Still, if the struggling Red Sox fall out of playoff contention, they could always press the reset button and trade Lester (7-7, 3.29 ERA) for prospects.
6/1/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Jon Lester was in the zone Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: He finished with 12 punchouts in seven shutout innings. That gives Lester (6-6, 3.15 ERA) 95 K's for the season, which ties him with Corey Kluber for the league-lead. The Red Sox have followed up a ten-game losing streak by winning seven in a row.
5/3/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Boston left-hander Jon Lester was dealing Saturday in a win over Oakland.
Insight: The left-hander racked up a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing just one hit in eight innings. He'll make his next start Saturday versus Texas.
4/22/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester entered Tuesday's game having walked four batters in his first 29 innings this season but he issued four free passes against the Yankees.
Insight: Lester also allowed 11 hits and eight runs, though just three were earned so he was able to walk away with a 2.67 ERA. He struck out seven and has a 9.62 K/9 this season.
4/12/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Boston ace Jon Lester recently turned down a four-year contract extension. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The offer was reportedly worth between $70-80 million. Lester (1-2, 2.57 ERA) figures he can make more on the open market this winter and he's probably right. Still, it's hard to envision him playing for anyone other than the Red Sox.
4/11/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester earned his first win of the season with 6 2/3 strong innings Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Lester is off to a good start for the second straight season. The 30-year-old left-hander has a 20/4 K/BB and a 2.57 ERA in his first 21 innings.