Washington Nationals Sign Jon Lester to a One-Year Deal

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Washington Nationals Sign Jon Lester to a One-Year Deal

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The rumors popped up earlier today that the sides were in talks, and they immediately had the feel of a, “Oh, yeah, this is gonna happen” type situation.

Oh, yeah, this happened:

Lester, 37, joins Kyle Schwarber in signing with the Nationals on a one-year-plus-mutual-option deal after departing the Chicago Cubs. (UPDATE: Other reports indicate there is no option, for what it’s worth.)

There will be time soon to relive the incredible six years that Lester had with the Cubs, featuring near across-the-board solid work in the regular season, periodic stellar work when it mattered most, and dominance and reliability in the postseason. In the pantheon of Cubs free agent signings, Lester will long be remembered as one of the best.

He was also a veteran leader, a tremendous worker, a behind-the-scenes incredibly kind person, a helpful teammate, and a great representative of the Cubs. We always knew that it was unlikely he’d be with the Cubs, like, until he retired, and the expiration of his contract marked a likely end. But still … these things just don’t really feel final until the player actually signs with another team.

Dave Kaplan suggests the Cubs did make an offer, but it was not up to par:

I hope, like Schwarber, Lester kicks ass with the Nationals, and I know that we’ll always have the memories. More soon.

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.