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.