CHICAGO – When he held his last mound match at Wrigley Field on September 16, many people thought it might be the last time they saw one of the best players of that era put on a uniform.
Jon Lester will receive a $25 million contract option in 2021
Indeed, Lester will not play another game at Wrigley Field, and the team has decided not to pay for an extra year.
On Friday afternoon, the team officially rejected Leicester’s option and instead gave him a $10 million buyout right for the 2020 season. This is part of the first six-year, $155 million contract that Lester signed at the end of 2014. He joined the Cubs and became one of the greatest eras in team history.
It is possible for the team to bring the left-handed starter back to another contract, but this will not be known due to an unusual free agent start.
Lester joined the Cubs for the 2015 season and became part of the team’s promotion to baseball masters in the following years. He was an All-Star in 2016 and 2018, and was a Cy Young Award finalist during the World Series Championship season.
In 171 Cubs regular season games, Leicester scored a 3.64 ERA at a pace of 77.44, with 940 shots and 292 shots. He also participated in eight playoff games for the Cubs, including a 3-1 record in the 2016 championship battle, including a relief appearance in Game 7 of the World Series.