Cubbies land Lester…Robertson strikes it rich with White Sox
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs improved their rotation by coming to agreement on a multi-year contract with free agent Jon Lester. The six-year pact is worth $155 million and averages out to $25.8 million per season, second highest for a pitcher behind the deal Clayton Kershaw agreed to last year with the Dodgers.
Lester began last season with the Red Sox but was traded mid-season to the Athletics. He finished with a career-best earned run average of 2.46, a record of 16-11 and 220 strikeouts.
In other news from baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego:
— Closer David Robertson and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $46 million, four-year contract. The 29-year old right-hander gets $10 million next year, $11 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018 under the deal. Robertson was 4-5 with a 3.08 ERA and 39 saves this year, when he took over as the New York Yankees’ closer following Mariano Rivera’s retirement.
— The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez. The 29-year-old Bastardo went 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA this year with the Phillies.
– Among free agents, Houston agreed to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
— Alex Rodriguez remains over the weight the New York Yankees want him to be at when he reports to spring training in two months. Rodriguez is coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. The third baseman turns 40 in July.
– Veteran broadcaster Dick Enberg, who turns 80 next month, won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.