The Cubs hope Jon Lester can become their Andy Pettitte, a durable lefty who has nerves of steel in October and keeps performing at a high level through his mid-to-late 30s.
A trip to New York reminded Joe Maddon of the nowhere-to-hide scrutiny that comes with this job. But having no OFF switch must sound ideal to someone who loves the bright lights.
If anyone can handle the large spotlight cast upon him next season, it’s Jeff Samardzija.
At least that’s what ex-teammate Ryan Dempster thinks.
Could the Cubs have signed Jon Lester without first hiring Joe Maddon?
How bad did Theo Epstein want to sign Jon Lester?
“I was ready to soak myself in deer urine, if necessary,” Epstein said.