New Cubs front office assistant Ryan Dempster has already placed a call to Lester.
Martinez will be Joe Maddon’s bench coach and likely work with the outfielders and baserunners.
Lester’s relationship with Cubs front office members won’t be the deciding factor, Jed Hoyer says.
Would a run at Jeff Samardzija make sense for the Chicago White Sox?
The Chicago Cubs are preparing for the worst-case scenario with their bleacher renovation.
The signing of first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year $25 million deal may seem convoluted, but not to the baseball brass of the White Sox.
The bidding for Lester could easily reach $25 million-per.
The Diamondbacks are considering moving Miguel Montero.
“Zach was one of the most desirable relievers on the market,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn says.
Miller had a 2.02 ERA and an 0.80 WHIP in 2014 as a shutdown reliever.
“If any fan base deserves it now and not tomorrow, I would say it is the Chicago Cubs,” Scott Boras says.
The Cubs will roll out the red carpet for Jon Lester early next week.
The White Sox and the Mets have had trade talks, Bruce Levine writes.
The Chicago Cubs are going after top-flight talent and have taken some aggressive tactics in sending out that message.
“We are kicking the tires on all of them,” general manager Rick Hahn says.
Chicago needs an outfielder, left-handed hitting and a speedster. Crawford fits the bill.
The Cubs have already spoken with agents for Jon Lester and Jason Hammel.
At issue is when agent Alan Nero had contact with the Cubs.
Former Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija will be on the move again this offseason and the Chicago White Sox may be one of the teams that kicks the tires on a deal.
Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez each won Silver Slugger awards Thursday.