After his final start of the regular season on Wednesday night, Jon Lester confirmed he has no plans to retire in the offseason.
Lester on his status for 2020:
“I put my name on that dotted line. I’m not walking away from anything. I’m not a quitter by any means. I’ll be here next year if they want. If they suggest for me to stay home, then we’ll have that conversation.”
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) September 26, 2019
Lester enters the likely final year of his Cubs contract in 2020. If Lester pitches 200.0 innings next season, he would have a $25-million vesting option in 2021. Lester hasn’t hit 200.0 innings since 2016.
He posted a 4.46 ERA in 31 starts this season for the Cubs, the highest ERA for Lester since 2012 with Boston. Lester’s 1.50 WHIP this season is the highest since his rookie season in 2006.
Lester’s overall career as a Cub has been solid. He is 74-41 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 5 seasons for the Cubs.
Hopefully Jon Lester bounces back for the Cubs in 2020.