Dodgers expected to make late push for Jon Lester


The Cubs, Red Sox, and Giants have been called the finalists for free agent left-hander Jon Lester, but talk of a mystery team has been growing. And now that club has apparently been identified.

“Multiple sources connected to teams interested in Lester” are telling Rob Bradford and Alex Speier of that the Dodgers are preparing to make a late push. One source says the Dodgers have already made an offer to Lester, and the other expects them to swoop in as the final bids are being entered.

Lester, 30, posted a stellar 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. Now imagine throwing him into a Los Angeles rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-Jin Ryu.