John Lester to Citizens on One Year Deal


The source and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand told National and free-agent left-hander John Lester of a one-year agreement. The team has not confirmed the deal, pending a physical. The 37-year-old Lester has 15 major league seasons as the Major’s most impressive Southeastern start.

The source and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand told the National and free-agent left-handed John Lester of a one-year agreement. The team has not confirmed the deal, pending a physical.

The 37-year-old Lester has 15 major league seasons as the Major’s most impressive Southeastern start. The Washington State native is a three-time World Series champion, earning the title with both the Red Sox (in 2007 and ’13) and the Cubs (’16), capturing the ’16 NLCS MVP and five All-Star Earned. Game selection. He has been pitching the past six seasons with Chicago, finishing his memorable Cubs tenure with a 77-44 record, 3.64 ERA and three crucial wins for the North Siders’ curse-breaking run of the ’16 World Series title.

Lester posted a career-worst 5.16 ERA in the 2020 season, with 12 career tackles, including the worst 6.2 strikeouts and home runs on nine walks per inning. But Lester has a sterling postseason resume in October claiming a career 2.51 ERA. He is also durable, making at least 30 starts every full season since 2008.

Lester will join Washington in a veteran rotation led by a trio of Max Skager, Stephen Strasberg and Patrick Corbin, who helped the Nationals capture their first World Series Championship in 2019.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow her on twitter @mattkellyMLB.

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