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Jon Lester, Nationals agree to 1-year deal

Jon Lester

The Washington Nationals are adding another veteran to their starting rotation.

Jon Lester and the Nats have agreed to a 1-year deal worth around a reported $5 million.

Lester has fallen off in the past two years after remarkable consistency throughout his career. In 12 starts with the Chicago Cubs in 2020, the 37-year-old posted a 5.16 ERA. His strikeouts per nine dropped to a career-worst 6.2 as well, so the Nationals may be targeting him as depth and veteran experience more than anything else.

The Nationals are not Lester’s preferred destination, but now he has a new team.

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