The Red Sox's Lowball Offer Last Winter Probably Cost Them Jon Lester

Last winter, Jon Lester said he "absolutely" would offer a hometown discount to stay in Boston. In the end, the reason the lefty ace signed with the Cubs appears as simple as the Red Sox overestimating just how big a discount they could get away with proposing without pissing Lester off. » 12/10/14 1:48pm 12/10/14 1:48pm

Cubs Sign Jon Lester, Are Really Going For It

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… » 12/10/14 9:01am 12/10/14 9:01am

Billy Beane Says The Athletics' Trades Paid Off

This was the year the Athletics pushed in their chips, acquiring the likes of Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Adam Dunn, and especially Jon Lester. It didn't work out that way: the team with MLB's best record at the trade deadline ended up settling for a wild card and bowing out in a one-game playoff. GM Billy Beane… » 10/02/14 4:32pm 10/02/14 4:32pm

Jon Lester Vs. James Shields Is An Argument For The Second Wild Card

There are plenty of reasons to dislike the presence of MLB's second wild card teams, but tonight's matchup is not one of them. That's because we will get to watch two great pitchers—James Shields of the Kansas City Royals and Jon Lester of the Oakland A's—start the precise game that they were acquired to win, a game… » 9/30/14 12:34pm 9/30/14 12:34pm

Jon Lester Says They Probably Only "Ordered Chicken From Popeyes Like…

Lester tells the Boston Globe (though not Bob Hohler, who wrote this) that starting pitchers on their off-days were the only ones drinking during Red Sox games. "There's a perception out there that we were up there getting hammered and that wasn't the case... Most of the times it was one beer, a beer. It was like… » 10/17/11 1:35pm 10/17/11 1:35pm

Pitchers Hooked On Beer, Fried Chicken, And Video Games! Francona On…

It took two weeks, but the Boston Globe has produced the definitive grisly autopsy of the 2011 Boston Red Sox meltdown, and it's lurid, all right. (You'll recall that the team collapsed in epic fashion and missed the playoffs.) The Globe's story is full of drink and drugs and player grousing, but the story's existence… » 10/12/11 2:40am 10/12/11 2:40am

Jon Lester And Clay Buchholz Are The Latest Red Sox To Launch Charity…

Taking money from drunk Red Sox fans and giving it to cancer patients is a cause anyone can get behind (except perhaps liver cancer patients). Meeting with less approbation and more smirking are the names Longball Cellars has been slapping on its athlete-endorsed charity wine bottles. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz … » 5/06/11 11:55am 5/06/11 11:55am

Beckett, Lester Take Aim at Charity (and Pull Trigger)

Josh Beckett, putative Red Sox ace, believes the best charity comes at the end of a shotgun. Therefore, he has gathered all his rowdy friends » 11/08/08 2:05pm 11/08/08 2:05pm (including fellow hurler Jon Lester-Who-Once-Had-Cancer, comedian Bill Engvall, and singer Troy Gentry) to his ranch this weekend, where they will hold the first annual with…