The Washington Nationals have actually included a veteran southpaw with champion pedigree to the rotation. The Nationals have actually consented to an one-year agreement with free-agent lefty Jon Lester, pending physical, reports CBS Sports HQ press reporter Jim Bowden. Financial terms are unidentified. Washington has not yet confirmed the signing.
Lester, 37, had a hard time in 2020, throwing 61 innings with a 5.16 PERIOD with the Cubs. He has actually been a tick worse than league balance the last 2 years, but did manage a 3.32 ERA in 181 2/3 innings as recently as2018 If nothing else, Lester will take the ball every 5 days. He made a minimum of 31 begins every year from 2008-19, plus another 12 in the 60- video game 2020 season.
The Nationals will front their rotation with Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg. Lester will action in as the innings-eating No. 4 starter and push Joe Ross and Erick Fedde down a peg on the depth chart. Washington reportedly had interest in Corey Kluber prior to he signed with the Yankees late recently.
Lester is the 2nd former Cub to sign up with the Nationals this offseason.
Washington went 26-34 and finished in last place in the NL East last season.
Our R.J. Anderson did not rank Lester among the top 60 totally free agents readily available this offseason.