The Cubs have offered Jon Lester “north of $135 million”

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David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have offered Jon Lester a six-year deal worth “north of” $135 million.

Compare this to the $120 million or so reportedly offered by the Red Sox. The Braves, Giants, and Cardinals are also said to have interest, but we’ve yet to hear concrete numbers applied to their interest.

The Cubs interest should not be such a surprise when you realize that last year they were reportedly big on Masahiro Tanaka and, during the season, put in a waiver claim on Cole Hamels, which would’ve cost them a pretty penny.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.