Say hey, baseball: Jon Lester is a Cub and Max Scherzer will be rich

Wednesday morning’s baseball includes Jon Lester’s new home, Max Scherzer’s new demands, and more from the winter meetings.

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First the rumors appeared that Jon Lester wasn’t interested in a seven-year, $175 million offer, which everyone assumed belonged to the Dodgers. Then, in quick succession, we learned that the Giants were officially out of it courtesy San Francisco’s assistant general manager Bobby Evans, and that the Dodgers were also out of the mix. It was down to Lester’s former team, the Red Sox, and the one run by his old bosses, the Cubs. As industry insiders had been predicting Tuesday, Lester ended up with Chicago for six years and $155 million.

The Cubs jumped on what’s next before they even picked up Lester officially, trading for catcher Miguel Montero and the entire $40 million he was still owed by the Diamondbacks. They’re rumored to be chasing Lester’s favorite catcher, David Ross, though even after finishing second for the southpaw, the Sox are still after Ross to be their backup backstop, too.

Giants’ general manager Brian Sabean says his team never got to make their final offer for Lester, which is probably not something he should be saying out loud since it makes it sound as if he wasn’t aware that was a thing he should be doing. Lester’s decision was supposed to come last week, then on Monday, then on Tuesday, and it dragged into Wednesday as far as Chicago and Boston are concerned. Show some hustle, Sabes.

The Red Sox need pitching, but that doesn’t mean they should panic and give the Phillies whatever they want for Cole Hamels. There are other options out there, even if not all of them are aces. One thing we know they won’t do is give Max Scherzer the $200 million guaranteed he’s looking for, something only Clayton Kershaw has managed before, but someone will. It might end up being more like $180 million with an option to bring it to $200 million, like Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander have come close to or done, but he’ll get paid by someone.

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