It's Wednesday and that means it's not a usual day for Cub Tracks. But since there's huge news today about Jon Lester's signing, I thought you'd like a quick roundup of a few links about him from around the web. Russ will bring you more Thursday morning.
- Jayson Stark says the Lester signing "changes the Cubs' course," calling the acquisition "thunderous." (Hopefully, that doesn't mean more rain delays.
- Buster Olney says the Red Sox blew it by lowballing Lester last spring. (Insider article)
- Keith Law's article is headlined 'Lovable losers' are winning this offseason. I wish the national media would stop with the "lovable losers" trope, although to be fair to Law, he doesn't say that in the article, it's just in the headline. Law says the Cubs still need to add a starter, and suggests Brandon McCarthy.
From Fox Sports:
- Ken Rosenthal, who broke the news first late Tuesday night, starts his summary by saying: "This is an earthquake. For the Cubs. For the NL Central. For baseball."
- My former co-worker Rob Neyer decides to be the buzzkill and writes that this move won't make the Cubs a 2015 contender. Sorry, Rob, but you're wrong on this one.
From Yahoo! Sports:
- Jeff Passan's instant reaction (it was written before dawn) quotes Lester as saying, "The thing I liked about ’em is it wasn’t forced and wasn’t a sales pitch," Lester said after his meeting with the Cubs. "It was like, ‘This is what we can do.’ I don’t want BS. I don’t want show. I don’t want glitz and glamour. I don’t want to walk out to the field with your name and number on the JumboTron. I’m not 18 anymore. I want you to tell me what you can do for me and my family." Nice work on that aspect, Theo & Co.
- Grant Brisbee, who could be forgiven some sour grapes after Lester rejected his Giants, has five PowerPoint slides on why Lester likely chose the Cubs. One of them involves money, but not necessarily the money given to Lester himself.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Even Gordo can't be negative on this signing, and has some informative quotes from Joe Maddon.
Today's food for thought:
- While we celebrate the Cubs' renaissance and wise spending, the Tribune's Phil Rosenthal writes that it's time for the Bears to show some real leadership, admit their mistakes, and start over. An interesting perspective from a non-sportswriter.