According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, the Cubs made a significant offer to free agent LHP Jon Lester. David Kaplan reported during his radio show on 87.7 The Game that he understands the Cubs submitted an offer to Jon Lester north of $135 million and for six years.
The Cubs are believed to be in the middle of the process for Jon Lester. Multiple reports Tuesday suggested the bidding for Lester could surpass $25 million per season.
Bruce Levine indicated that despite reports to the contrary the Cubs are “still in the hunt” for Lester.
The Red Sox remain the favorite to land Jon Lester and are reportedly willing to negotiate the initial offer Boston made which is believed to be six years and around $110-120 million.
Jon Lester has met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves and is expected to meet with the Cardinals after Thanksgiving.
Jim Bowden reported Tuesday that Lester has a meeting scheduled with the Giants next week.
If the reports are accurate, the process for Jon Lester could carry into the Winter Meetings, which officially begin on Dec. 8.
Further updates on Jon Lester from news that surfaced Tuesday will be posted as soon as possible.