“At least six” teams interested in Jon Lester


The Red Sox and Cubs have long been considered the favorites to sign free agent Jon Lester, with the Braves and Cardinals also lingering. But there may be a surprise coming.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that there are “at least six” teams expressing serious interest in the left-handed starter and other clubs “continue to jump into the bidding.” The Yankees have denied that they’re going to make a big push in free agency, but Rosenthal writes Sunday that “the entire sport is bracing for them to snap to attention, as they always do.”

Lester, 30, had a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. The Red Sox reportedly offered him $110-$120 million over six years, but that was just an initial proposal. It sounds like he’s going to top $150 million.