Remember that emotional tribute for Jon Lester that Kyle Schwarber narrated?
Well, it turns out that was less of a "goodbye" and more of a "see you later." In fact, it was less of a "see you later" and more of a "see you next year."
A little over a week after the Washington Nationals signed the powerful Schwarber to a one-year deal worth $10 million, they made another splash in free agency involving — you guessed it — Lester.
A number of reports, including that of ESPN's Jeff Passan, say that it's a one-year deal with an option.
As Passan notes, he'll join the Nationals' fantastic starting rotation alongside Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. And just like how Schwarber helped to balance the lineup as a left-handed bat in the middle of the order, Lester will join Corbin as a left-handed starter to counter righties Scherzer and Strasburg.
Lester's six-year stint in Chicago ends with a 77-44 record and a 3.64 ERA, including two All-Star seasons in 2016 and 2018. According to RADIO.COM Sports MLB insider Bob Nightengale, Lester was looking to get career win 200 in Chicago — he's currently at 193 — but this deal obviously prevents that from occurring.
The news comes after MLB insiders Jon Greenberg and Ken Rosenthal reported talks of interest from the two parties.