Report: Dodgers make late push for Lester
The Dodgers have reportedly joined in the Jon Lester sweepstakes.
The Red Sox, Cubs and Giants were believed to be the top candidates vying to sign Lester, but according to WEEI.com, Los Angeles has serious interest and is poised to make a late push for the left-hander.
The Cardinals and Braves were also reportedly in the mix but both clubs have since downplayed their interest.
Lester, 30, went 16-11 with a career-best 2.46 ERA in 2014 with Boston and Oakland. If signed, he would provide considerable depth to a Dodgers rotation already featuring the 2014 National League MVP Clayton Kershaw and former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke.
Lester could sign a deal as soon as this week, though no deadline has been set for his decision, according to MLB.com’s Ian Browne.
CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam reported that the Cubs offered Lester a six-year, $138 million deal, and Boston went as high as $130 million. Lester was drafted by the Red Sox in 2002 and won two World Series with the club in 2007 and 2013.
– Chad Thornburg