The term “ace” is seemingly thrown around a lot these days when talking about starting pitchers. That being said, for the Chicago Cubs, Jon Lester is just that.
When the Cubs decided to sign Jon Lester back in the offseason of 2014, they had an idea of the type of pitcher they were getting. Lester was about to turn 30 years old and brought with him an already impressive resume from the Boston Red Sox. It was an easy decision for Theo Epstein.
Epstein grew with Lester. He had watched Lester dominate year in and year out for the Red Sox. When Epstein came to the Cubs, it became clockwork, as Lester was wooed to the Windy City on a mega six-year contract, totaling $155 million.
Cubs nation did not know it at the time, but the big lefty from the Pacific Northwest, with his staunch bravado, was about to become the ace for the Chicago Cubs.