“I am totally excited,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon says.
Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
Lester is nearing a decision.
Predicting the end game to Jon Lester’s free agent statue has become Twitter folly the last three days. Getting caught up in the “he said she said” semantics makes everyone look unsure and foolish.
Looking for an upgrade in catching and left-handed hitting, Chicago traded for Arizona catcher Miguel Montero.
In five months, things have come full circle for new White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
“Starlin and his family were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Paul Kinzer said.
Pitching prospects Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley are headed Arizona’s way.
Montero had 72 RBIs last season and is considered a strong defensive catcher.
The Cubs, Giants, Red Sox and Dodgers remain involved.
Hammel had a 2.98 ERA for the Cubs in 2014 before being traded to the Athletics.
Lester’s expected to make a decision in the next week or so.
Multiple teams have reportedly bid more than $130 million.
Former pitcher Ryan Dempster joined Bruce Levine and Mike Esposito on “Inside the Clubhouse” on Saturday morning to talk about his new front office role with the Cubs.
New Cubs front office assistant Ryan Dempster has already placed a call to Lester.
The Cubs are chasing Jon Lester, but Theo Epstein is keeping perspective.
Dempster will also retire as a member of the Cubs’ organization.
Martinez will be Joe Maddon’s bench coach and likely work with the outfielders and baserunners.
Martinez was a longtime member of Joe Maddon’s staff in Tampa Bay.
Lester’s relationship with Cubs front office members won’t be the deciding factor, Jed Hoyer says.