Today, the Chicago Cubs made it official: they’ve declined their $25 million team option on Jon Lester, paying him a $10 million buyout. He’s now a free agent.
What can be said that hasn’t been said about the six years Jon Lester has given to the Cubs? Great seasons, incredible playoffs, a World Championship, model teammate, etc., etc. It’s Friday night. I don’t have it in me to get too far into waterworks.
There’s always a chance of a reunion down the road this offseason, but for now, Lester will be able to explore his options.