Theo Epstein, who’s in a position to know closely enough, says Jon Lester is quite the changed fellow from the one he shepherded to the Red Sox. And this is a pitcher whom Epstein saw conquer cancer and help the Red Sox to the second of their three World Series triumphs in ten seasons.
In the end, there was more to Jon Lester’s signing choice than the dollars in his own pocket. A man doesn’t take the second-best offer on the table because he’s only in it for the money. Lester himself made the point after the meeting that finally turned him into a six-year, $155 million Cub.