By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Now, Lester will hit the free agent market. He spent the last six seasons with the Cubs.
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.
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.
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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