Jon Lester Aging Gracefully, Javy Baez Gives, We Wallow, and Other Bullets

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Jon Lester Aging Gracefully, Javy Baez Gives, We Wallow, and Other Bullets

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I’m still working my way through the morning, with more reported bad news on the Cubs spending front, stacked up on the Bears’ nut-crushing playoff defeat. Sports are not always kind.

  • One nice thing is a happy birthday to Jon Lester:

  • Lester is now 35, but he’s shown the last couple years that – much as we hoped when he signed with the Cubs – he’s been able to age into more of a crafty/pitch-to-the-defense/work-the-scouting-report role. Yes, without the velocity and raw stuff, you’re gonna get blown up sometimes. But you will also probably, in the aggregate, find ways to succeed just a little more than your peripherals say you should be. That’s what Lester has done more often than not the last three or so years, as his velocity lefty him, and his cutter stopped being such a killer pitch.
  • I also wonder if Lester is going to be able to do even more to keep succeeding. You can see over the past decade of Lester’s career, his velocity has steadily ticked down, but his pitch mix hasn’t changed *that* much:

  • Ah, Lester and Javy giving me some happy memories:
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
  • The Brewers decided to trade another outfielder this weekend, sending Keon Broxton to the Mets. Brewers GM David Stearns chalked the move up to teams poking at them to acquire their out-of-options outfielders (Broxton and Domingo Santana), believing the Brewers wouldn’t be able to carry them on the 25-man all year when they already had a full outfield. The Brewers also have a top outfield prospect, Corey Ray, lurking at AAA.
  • When you see fun, annual pieces like this being re-framed to be player-friendly, you know that a sea change is underway. I dig it. It’s also a reminder of the profound labor battles that loom. I don’t dig that:

  • Wallow:

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