Jon Lester Signs with Cubs

Per Ken Rosenthal, Jon Lester has agreed to sign with the Chicago Cubs. Per Jeff Passan, the deal is 6 years, $155M — $20M more than was offered by the Boston Red Sox.

One of the main dominoes of the offseason has fallen, and we’re still two weeks from Christmas.

Further, it means the Cubs are “all in” for a 2015 playoff berth.

But are the Mets? They’re looking to dump Dillon Gee‘s $5M salary and are kicking the tires on John Mayberry, Jr. You tell me, in the comments.

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  1. Jim Lawlor December 10, 2014 at 10:15 am
    The Lester signing means one less club looking to retool by trading for pitchers–Starlin Castro is staying put. The Red Sox have to be looking for pitching though although I can’t see them trading Bogaerts, about the only player that would seem to be a real upgrade for the Mets.
  2. DanB December 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm
    Remember when apologists would point to the Cubs and say, “Theo Epstein is building through the farm system and keeping the budget low, just like the Mets. They need five years to rebuild, just like the Mets”. Oops. Also, I don’t think the Cubs got the memo that teams that rebuild through the farm system are no longer eligible to build up their major league roster at the same time. Add the fact that the Cubs were developing position players (which are in short supply) while the Mets were developing starting pitchers (the Mets can’t give away Niese, Gee, nor Colon) and it looks Epstein is dancing circles around the Wilpons’ Mets.
  3. argonbunnies December 11, 2014 at 5:44 am
    Mets are looking to upgrade Campbell’s spot. I’d rather have Campbell than Mayberry.