Jon Lester, Nats agree to deal, pending physical

20 Janvier, 2021, 04:57 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Report: Veteran left-hander Jon Lester agrees to deal with Nationals

Veteran free-agent left-hander Jon Lester agreed to a one-year deal to join the Washington Nationals with a club option for a second season, ESPN reported Monday. Lester's best season in Chicago came in 2016, where he was runner up for the National League Cy Young Award and started Game 7 of the World Series, which the Cubs ultimately won to snap a 108-year championship drought. The question isn't what Lester can do in joining a clubhouse (and rotation) that includes Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin.

Lester turned 37 this month and will be heading into his 16th season in 2021.

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While numerous reports mentioned that Lester badly wanted to stay in Chicago, the familiarity of the coaching staff and a chance to win again - for a guy who already owns three World Series rings - are powerful persuasion.

Lester pitched 61 innings across 12 starts during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, going 3-3 with a career-high 5.16 ERA for the Cubs. He was 1-1 in the World Series against the Cleveland Indians with a 3.68 ERA.

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