Here's the latest from around the web:
- [VIDEO] In case you missed the Jon Lester press conference live, here's a portion of it. I have to wonder a bit about him, though, because he didn't button his jersey all the way.
- What were some of the other factors that swayed Lester to Chicago? According to Carrie Muskat, they included the Cubs camouflage hats and the fact that Tom Ricketts likes to go hunting. And if that's not enough to get you to read this story, I'll throw in a quote from Theo Epstein about how he was ready to soak himself in deer urine if need be.
- Another reason why Lester is a good fit for the Cubs, according to Phil Rogers: Institutional memory.
From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- [VIDEO] More from the press conference, particularly focusing Theo Epstein's opening remarks and Jon Lester's Q & A session.
- Patrick Mooney explains why the Cubs looked over the cliff when it came to signing Lester and decided that they were ready to jump.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jon Greenberg says that Jon Lester's name will be synonymous with his contract for the rest of his career and that being the $155 million ace for the Cubs is real pressure.
- Jesse Rogers says that the pursuit and acquisition of Lester came down to one word: Belief.
- In case you missed it, Lester's contract includes a $30 million signing bonus, breaking the previous record for the bonus given to Vernon Wells when he signed his seven-year extension with the Blue Jays in the 2006 offseason.
- David Schoenfield looks at the path to the playoffs in 2015 for each of the teams in the National League Central.
- One of the Players to be Named Later has finally been named, and it's shortstop Marco Hernandez going to the Red Sox to complete the trade for Felix Doubront. Hernandez hit .270 with three home runs, 55 runs batted in and 22 stolen bases in 2014 for High-A Daytona.
From CBS Chicago:
- The year-by-year dollar numbers of Jon Lester's contract have been revealed.
- A couple other things to know about Lester: He didn't come to Chicago to be a savior, and he doesn't expect to be the center of attention all season.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- Paul Sullivan weighs in with comments from Jon Lester's agent, Seth Levinson, who said that Lester has the opportunity to be part of something unique, historic, and extraordinary.
- How does Lester compare to the Cubs' pitchers during each year of his career? This interactive piece will give you an idea.
- This covers all Chicago sports, but it's an interesting quiz to see how well you know your strange Chicago sports injuries.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- It's like the new "Where's Waldo". First Jon Lester was spotted at Giordano's; then it was at the United Center during a Blackhawks game.
From the Daily Herald:
- Barry Rozner writes about Tom Ricketts, who was sitting in the back row of the press conference and grinning from ear to ear.
- Bruce Miles chimes in on the rare exception that Theo Epstein made to his own rule by giving Jon Lester a no-trade clause in his contract.
From Cubs Den:
- With Chase Headley signing on Monday with the Yankees, John Arguello looks at how the move may open trade doors for Luis Valbuena.
- Al wrote about the Cubs' interest in Colby Rasmus, but is Dexter Fowler a better fit?
- Mike Moody looks at how Jon Lester's ability to pitch deeper into games may have a positive impact on the bullpen.
- Now this is an intersting analogy: Arguello looks at the signing of Lester and compares it to the early days of the Atari 2600. So who else here was bitterly disappointed when their version of Pac-Man came out?
- He also looks at the roads that the Cubs and White Sox are taking to contention.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- In Winter Ball news, Javier Baez hit his first homer for Santurce in a 4-2 victory. He's now 4-for-11, but he does have six strikeouts.
From Cubbies Crib:
- Following up on a previous report of the Rangers looking at former Cub reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, Rangers' beat reporter T.R. Sullivan says that the deal is done, pending a physical.
From Chicago Cubs 101:
- It's a bit of a downer Bold Prediction this week from Tim Duxbury: Jason Hammel will not replicate his 2014 success in the 2015 season.
- Could Jacob Turner benefit from a role change to a reliever in the same manner as Andrew Miller?
From Cubs Insider:
- Mike Rankin makes a case for Jake Peavy as the final piece to the puzzle for the Cubs' rotation in 2015.
- Nate Schmidt says that after solidifying the rotation, the Cubs should focus on hitting and gives his list of targets.
- Michael Canter looks at Over The Top technology and how the Cubs could leverage it for broadcasting their games in the future.
- Scott Miller gives an in-depth look at the hiring of Joe Maddon from Maddon's point of view, including events during the two-week opt-out window that Maddon had after Andrew Friedman's departure for the Dodgers.
Today's food for thought:
- More scenes from space, this time focusing on night-time flyovers of Italy from the International Space Station.
- Multi-directional elevators could be a reality in buildings by 2016. But probably not made out of glass like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- If you're not a fan of spiders, you probably don't want to hear that they can thrive pretty much anywhere.