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Cubs activate Jon Lester

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The Chicago Cubs are winners of eight of ten and Cubs fans got some more good news today: Jon Lester was activated from the 10-day injured list. He’ll start against the Dodgers this afternoon.

Lester went on the shelf after straining his hamstring back on April 9. He was having a nice season before then, posting a 2.57 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 14 innings. We’ll see if he has accumulated any rust when he takes the hill today.

Brewers sign Freddy Peralta to a multi-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.

Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.

If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.