Lester to talk to Giants
The Cubs will have to wait a little longer for a decision from free agent Jon Lester. The pitcher was to meet with the Giants Monday, according to MLB.com’s Chris Haft and ESPN’s Buster Olney. The Giants would be the fourth team Lester has talked to, joining the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves. There were early reports that Lester also would meet with the Cardinals but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports GM John Mozeliak has no plans to bring the lefty to St. Louis for a visit. Mozeliak described the Cardinals’ interest more as due diligence.
“I feel we still have depth,” Mozeliak told the Post-Dispatch. “We don’t have to do something now.”
Lester was in Chicago on Nov. 18 to meet with his former bosses, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer, and tour Wrigley Field.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Cubs have offered Lester $138 million over six years. Heyman says the Red Sox are willing to go up to $130 million.
— Carrie Muskat