Cubs decline Jon Lester’s 2021 option

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Chicago Cubs have declined the 2021 option on pitcher Jon Lester. The team turned down his $25 million mutual option for next season.

Now, Lester will hit the free agent market. He spent the last six seasons with the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester pitches against the Cleveland Indians
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester pitches against the Cleveland Indians (Photo by the Chicago Cubs/Instagram)

The 36-year-old left-hander will receive $2 million on December 31st from 2022 through 2026. The deferred payments will cover his $10 million buyout.

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During the 60-game coronavirus shortened season, Lester made 12 starts in 2020. He went 3-3 with a 5.16 ERA.

He allowed 35 runs (35 earned runs), including 11 home runs, on 64 hits in 61 innings. Lester also had 42 strikeouts and 17 walks.

If he does not re-sign with the Cubs at a lower price, he’ll be joining his fourth MLB team. The three-time World Series Champion also played for the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics.

Related: Tigers hire A.J. Hinch as manager, beginning in 2021

In his final game, he received a loss against the Chicago White Sox on September 26th. He went 3 2/3’s of an inning in a 9-5 loss.

Lester gave up seven runs (seven earned runs) on six hits, including a home run. His ERA went from 4.40 to 5.16 after giving up the seven runs.

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