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Chicago Cubs: Projecting the Opening Day starting rotation

The Chicago Cubs starting rotation ranked 21st among all major league teams in 2014 for team ERA, posting a 3.91 mark. They also finished 24th in quality starts earning 79 as a team. It is safe to say that the 2014 starting rotation, although it featured breakout star Jake Arrieta, definitely needed improvement. After trading away Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, the Cubs rotation...
December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Lester’s First (Digital) Baseball Card With Cubs Released By Topps

This embed is invalid" /> Jon Lester’s new baseball card is weird on so many levels. Topps just released its first (digital) baseball card featuring Lester as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Lester, of course, signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs earlier this offseason. Now, we all knew this day would come. And the visual — Lester...
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Are we entering the era of the Chicago Cubs? I’m speaking, of course, about the Cubs that are favored at 12/1 odds to win the 2015 World Series, not the club that hasn’t won one since 1908. So why the sudden surge? Signing Jon Lester has had the biggest impact on the changing odds. Yet, he’s far from the only one. There was widespread heartbreak and smear campaigning from...
Via The Sports Post
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Lands On Sports Illustrated Cover Showing Off New Cubs Duds (Photo)

Jon Lester is ready to take on all comers with the Chicago Cubs — including “the dreaded Sports Illustrated cover jinx.” The new Cubs pitcher was introduced to Cubs fans and the Chicago media Monday at a news conference. On Tuesday, SI revealed Lester — with his new Cubs hat and uniform — will be on the magazine’s cover this week. This week...
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Lester wearing No. 34 to honor Walter Payton, Kerry Wood

Jon Lester will be sporting both an unfamiliar uniform and an unfamiliar jersey number next spring. Lester was officially introduced as a member of the Chicago Cubs on Monday, and team president Theo Epstein presented him with a No. 34 jersey. Lester explained that he chose that number as a tribute to three people —...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Lester: Leaving Boston would be harder without trade

Believe it or not, Jon Lester is officially a Chicago Cub. After finalizing a six-year, $155 million contract, the newest ace of the Cubs’ pitching staff was introduced Monday at a press conference where he shed some light on the chaos that was his free-agency process. The decision wasn’t an easy one by any means, as many believed Lester would return to the Red Sox even after...
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Rumors: is this team ready to compete?

This current off-season has been exactly what the Chicago Cubs fan base needed after enduring an excruciating rebuilding process that resulted in one of the worst losing stretches in team history.  Rather than having to seek out buy-low, sell-high pitching candidates, this front office has been able to spend significantly on a legitimate ace in Jon Lester, as well as bring back...
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Signing of Jon Lester changes perception of Chicago Cubs

Well, the Chicago Cubs did it. They landed their big free agent fish in signing Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract, prying him away from pursuing contenders in Boston and San Francisco. Though the deal is only a couple of days old, and not even official from the organizational standpoint, the reactions from around the baseball world have been quite interesting. In...
Via The Outside Corner
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Lester shows love for Red Sox fans in heartfelt tweets

Jon Lester’s final appearance with the Boston Red Sox was July 25, 2014, but the hope of a reunion between the two sides didn’t die until Wednesday morning. That’s when Lester signed a reported six-year contract for $155 million with the Chicago Cubs. Fans who held out hope the Red Sox would ultimately re-sign Lester after trading him at the MLB trade deadline were disappointed...
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Lester to sign six-year, $155 million deal with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly outbid the Boston Red Sox for the services of one Jon Lester. According to multiple reports, Lester will join the Cubs on a whopping $155 million contract over six years. Jon Lester, Cubs agree on six-year, $155M deal, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Red Sox are runners-up. Their final bid: six for $135M. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 10,...
Via Sportsnaut
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

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