Report: Jon Lester is now not expected to sign before next week’s Winter Meetings

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We heard just yesterday that free agent left-hander Jon Lester was expected to decide on a team before the end of the week, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal now hears that we will likely have to wait until at least next week for a resolution.

Hey, we need some excitement for the Winter Meetings. Lester is doing us all a favor, really.

There are four main contenders in the mix for Lester at the moment, including the Red Sox, Cubs, Giants and Dodgers. We have known about the first three teams for a while now, but the deep-pocketed Dodgers are making a late push. The Cubs have made the highest reported offer until this point ($138 million over six years), but it would be no surprise if the final number approached or surpassed $150 million.

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.