Well, the Jon Lester era is officially over in Boston. Early this morning, Lester agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs according to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter.
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The Cubs won the war, but it was costly. Giving Lester $155 million for six years, Lester became the second highest paid pitcher annually in MLB history. Not only this, but he also sports the largest contract in Chicago Cubs history in terms of money.
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For the Cubs, it looks like they are trying to snap that World Series drought that has haunted them for so long. Perhaps he could help them try and turn around a 106 year long World Series drought that has plagued the team for most of its sported history.
Even though the Boston Red Sox lost out here, they did stick to their guns. With the recent failed contract of Carl Crawford, the club changed their philosophy and made a commitment against long-term deals. Here, there was a big test for the Red Sox but they still managed to refrain and stick to the plan.
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Since Lester is one of the top pitchers in the league (he went 16-11 with a 2.45 ERA in 2014), the Boston Red Sox took a big hit by not signing him back. They did save plenty of money, but now they must find two starting pitchers. With Lester and Jeff Samardzija, who was recently traded to the Chicago White Sox, off the market the Red Sox options are dwindling.
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Now, Cole Hamels may seem much more appealing for the Boston Red Sox in their search of an ace. Sure, the price tag may be high, but the Red Sox have pieces to move and Hamels may be the best pitcher they can get.
To compliment Hamels, the Boston Red Sox may go with a familiar face in Justin Masterson who they have shown interest in this offseason.
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Although Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer may believe they won this round, they may not be thinking the same thing five years down the road.