Late last night, Yahoo's Jeff Passan reported that the Chicago Cubs signed Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million deal. According to Passan, the Cubs managed to snag Lester by outbidding the Red Sox, who most everyone thought was the favorite to land Lester, by $20 million. The Cubs, it appears, are ready to try and Do It.
Adding Lester to a Joe Maddon-coached team that is stocked with young talent gives the Cubs the look of a team that is to be taken seriously. As we've said before, there's a big difference between looking like a good team and actually being one (especially when the Cubs are involved), but slotting Lester into the front of the rotation certainly gives the Cubs the complexion of a serious playoff contender.