Jon Lester’s $ 25 million mutual option for 2021 was declined Friday by the Chicago Cubs, completing a $ 155 miljoen, six-year contract and allowing the 36-year-old left-hander to become a free agent.
Lester is owed a $ 10 million buyout: $ 2 million on each Dec. 31 van 2022 through 2026.
Lester was 3-3 met 'n 5.16 ERA in 12 starts this year with 42 strikeouts and 17 loop. He earned a prorated $ 5,555,556 from his scheduled $ 15 million salary.
Hy was 77-44 met 'n 3.64 ERA in 171 starts over six seasons with the Cubs and was 3-3 met 'n 2.44 ERA and .201 opponents’ batting average in the postseason.
Chicago also claimed infielder Max Schrock off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals and assigned left-hander Rex Brothers outright to Triple-A Iowa.
The 26-year-old Schrock hit .275 for Triple-A Memphis in 2019 met 20 doubles, two homers, 31 RBs and 12 steel, then batted .176 (3 vir 17) this year for the Cardinals with a home run in 11 speletjies.
Brothers was 0-0 with an 8.10 ERA in three relief appearances for the Cubs.