Jon Lester Off to the Cubbies

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Jon Lester #31 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during a press conference before the game

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Jon Lester is going to the Windy City.

The left-hander and free-agent agreed to sign with the Chicago Cubs late Tuesday night (Dec. 9).

The 30-year-old All-Star agreed to a six-year deal and $155 million. There is a no-trade clause, and it comes with a $30 million signing bonus.

The average annual salary would be $25.8 million, the second highest for a pitcher. Lester was making $13 million last season. The contract would also be the highest ever for a free-agent pitcher with a multi-year deal.

Lester is worth the money because he has gotten better every year. He had a career-best 2.45 ERA in 2014.

It is still a wonder why Lester chose to go to Chicago. There were offers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, and of course, the Boston Red Sox.

Debuting in Boston, it was Lester’s home since coming into the league in 2006. After being traded to the Oakland Athletics this past summer, it was thought that Lester would be returning to Bean Town. However, the Sox just couldn’t match what the Cubs offered him.

The Cubs currently have had five straight losing seasons– not making the playoffs since 2008 nor winning a World Series in over 100 years. But maybe the addition of famed new head coach Joe Maddon was enough to get Lester’s attention.

Or it was the incentive that was given of getting access to 25 hours of personal flights on a private plane per year…