Jon Lester Reportedly "In Talks" with the Washington Nationals (UPDATE: It's Happening)

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Jon Lester Reportedly “In Talks” with the Washington Nationals (UPDATE: It’s Happening)

Chicago Cubs

Brace yourselves, Cubs fans, because this reporting feels like the kind of stuff you see before a deal is finalized. (UPDATE: It is indeed happening.)

Jon Lester is likely to join his former left fielder, bench coach, and pitching coach in Washington:

Lester, 37, had overall meh numbers for the Cubs in the weird 2020 season, but he still showed the ability to put together very competitive starts (and, at times, dominant ones). As a 4th/5th starter type on a competitive team, given everything he brings to a club? He’s worth having on most teams. I’m unsurprised that the Nationals are trying to bring him in.

The Cubs left open the possibility of a reunion with Lester, but it was always going to have to be on the ultra cheap, and it’s not like Lester has to wait around for that. He seemed to sense it might be the end of the line for him with the Cubs when he bought the city a beer on the way out the door. I am not super thrilled to have to soon write up his eventual signing with the Nationals …

At least these two will be together again:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.