Boston Red Sox lose out, Jon Lester signs with Chicago Cubs

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Jon Lester Jon Lester Boston Red Sox lose out, Jon Lester signs with Chicago Cubs Jon Lester
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When the Boston Red Sox traded Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics this past season, the hope was Lester would return to Boston during the offseason.

It didn’t work out as planned.

The Chicago Cubs were able to land the all-star lefty on a six-year, $155 million deal with a vesting option for a seventh year that would make the total value around $170 million, according to ESPN. His average $25.8 million per season would make him the second-highest paid pitcher in Major League Baseball, just behind Clayton Kershaw‘s $215 million, seven-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers that began in 2014.

Lester’s deal is also the highest ever given to a free-agent pitcher on a multiyear deal.

The Cubs signing of Lester shows the team is moving in the direction of really working towards turning the franchise around. Lester will also now reunite with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer starting this season.

Epstein was the General Manager of the Red Sox, while Hoyer was Assistant GM where Lester spent most of his nine-year career.

Lester made a tough decision in choosing the Cubs over the Red Sox. A lot had to do with the financial gain, but also rejoining the Epstein/Hoyer team has a lot to do with it as well. His decision to not return to Boston wasn’t easy and he took to twitter to explain to Red Sox Nation.

With Lester now agreeing to terms, the Red Sox can move on and look towards possibly adding Max Scherzer, James Shields, Cole Hamels or Justin Masterson to their rotation for the 2015 season.

There is plenty of time for the Red Sox to form the 2015 roster, but the MLB Winter Meetings will wrap up in the next few days.