CHICAGO – When he last landed at Wrigley Field on September 16, many assumed it might be the last time they have seen one of the best players of their time in uniform .
With a $ 25 million contract option through 2021 and the Cubs not having regular home season games to begin with, Jon Lester spent five rounds in a 3-2 win over the Indians at Wrigley Field. A lot of praise came from the fans and even the team that day as the Cubs most likely would not have chosen his contract.
Indeed, Lester will not host another match at Wrigley Field, and the team has decided against a costly year.
On Friday afternoon, the team officially turned down the option for Lester, opting instead to offer him a $ 10 million purchase for the 2020 season. This was part of an initial contract with a deadline. The six-year, $ 155 million dollar Lester signed at the end of 2014, joined the Cubs for one of the greatest eras in football history.
It’s possible the team could bring in a left-handed player on another contract, but that wouldn’t be a bit known when an unusually free agency kicks off.
Lester joined the Cubs in the 2015 season and has been part of the team moving to the pinnacle of baseball over the next few years. He was an All-Star in 2016 and 2018 and reached the finals of the Cy Young Championship during the World Series championship season.
In the 171 regular season games for the Cubs, Lester was 77-44 with an ERA of 3.64 with 940 attacks compared to 292 walking. He also appeared in eight playoffs for the Cubs, including a 3-1 record in the 2016 championship race that also included a relieved appearance in Game 7 of the World Series.