Jon Lester

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St. Louis Cardinals Starting Pitcher Age: 37-9d Exp: 14.075 Years Bat/Throw: Left/Left
Drafted: Round 2 (#57 overall), 2002 College: Bellarmine HS Agent(s): Josh Yates (ACES)

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  • Current Contract

    Jon Lester signed a 1 year / $5,000,000 contract with the Washington Nationals, including a $3,000,000 signing bonus, $5,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $5,000,000.

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $5,000,000
    Signing Bonus $3,000,000
    Average Salary $5,000,000
    Free Agent: 2022 / UFA
    Year   Age Base Salary Luxury Tax Salary Payroll Salary Adjusted Salary Yearly Cash
    2021 Contract details by year 37 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $698,945 $698,945($698,945)
    2022 Free Agent Year 38 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $3M signing bonus deferred to 2023
    • MVP: $500,000 ($250,000 for 2nd, $150,000 for 3rd, $100,000 for 4th, $75,000 for 5th)
    • Cy Young: $500,000 ($250,000 for 2nd, $150,000 for 3rd, $100,000 for 4th, $75,000 for 5th)
    • WS MVP: $250,000
    • LCS MVP: $150,000
    • $50,000 each for All Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger
    Sources: MLB contract specifics generally collected from Baseball Prospectus & Rotoworld.

    Upcoming Deferred Contract

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $3,000,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $3,000,000
      Year Age Base Salary Signing Bonus Total Salary
    2023 Contract details by year 39 - $3,000,000 $3,000,000
    Sources: MLB contract specifics generally collected from Baseball Prospectus & Rotoworld.

    Previous Contracts

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    2021-2021Retained

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $1,301,055
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $1,301,055
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2020-2020Buyout

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $10,000,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $10,000,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2015-2021

    Contract: 6 yr(s) / $155,000,000
    Signing Bonus $30,000,000
    Average Salary $25,833,333
    Free Agent: 2022 / UFA

    2014-2014Retained

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $10,537,705
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $10,537,705
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2009-2014

    Contract: 5 yr(s) / $30,000,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $6,000,000
    Free Agent: 2015 / UFA

    2008-2008

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $421,500
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $421,500
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2007-2007

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $384,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $384,000
    Free Agent: 2008 / UFA

    2002-2002Signing Bonus

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $1,000,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $1,000,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    2002 Player Cash Earnings - $1,000,000 - $1,000,000
    2007 Player Cash Earnings $384,000 - - $384,000
    2008 Player Cash Earnings $421,500 - - $421,500
    2009 Player Cash Earnings $1,000,000 - - $1,000,000
    2010 Player Cash Earnings $3,750,000 - $50,000 $3,800,000
    2011 Player Cash Earnings $5,750,000 - $50,000 $5,800,000
    2012 Player Cash Earnings $7,625,000 - - $7,625,000
    2013 Player Cash Earnings $11,625,000 - - $11,625,000
    2014 Player Cash Earnings $2,462,295 - $50,000 $2,512,295
    2014 Player Cash Earnings $10,537,705 - - $10,537,705
    2015 Player Cash Earnings $15,000,000 $15,000,000 - $30,000,000
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $20,000,000 - - $20,000,000
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $20,000,000 - - $20,000,000
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $22,500,000 - - $22,500,000
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $22,500,000 $2,500,000 - $25,000,000
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $5,555,556 $12,500,000 - $18,055,556
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $10,000,000 - - $10,000,000
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $698,945 - - $698,945
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $1,301,055 - - $1,301,055
    Est. Earnings
    (15 seasons)
    $161,111,056 $31,000,000 $150,000 $192,261,056
    2023* Player Cash Earnings - $3,000,000 - $3,000,000
    $161,111,056 $34,000,000 $150,000 $195,261,056
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    7 seasons Player Cash Earnings $41,093,205 $1,000,000 - $42,193,205
    1 seasons Player Cash Earnings $2,462,295 - - $2,512,295
    7 seasons Player Cash Earnings $115,555,556 $30,000,000 - $145,555,556
    1 seasons Player Cash Earnings $698,945 - - $698,945
    seasons Player Cash Earnings $1,301,055 - - $1,301,055
    * denotes deferred payment
  • Transactions

    Jul 30 2021Traded to St. Louis (STL) from Washington (WSH) for Lane Thomas
    Jan 18 2021Signed a 1 year $5 million contract with Washington (WSH)
    Oct 31 2020Chicago (CHC) declined a $25 million option for 2021
    Dec 10 2014Signed a 6 year $155 million contract with Chicago (CHC)
    Jul 31 2014Traded to Oakland (OAK) from Boston (BOS) with Jonny Gomes and $1.8 million for Yeonis Cespedes , $650,000 and pick [2015 Competitive Balance B]
    Sep 10 2013Exercised a $13 million club option for 2014 with Boston (BOS)
    Mar 15 2009Signed a 5 year $30 million contract with Boston (BOS)
    Mar 6 2008Signed a 1 year $421k contract with Boston (BOS)
    Mar 11 2007Signed a 1 year $384k contract with Boston (BOS)
    Aug 13 2002Signed a contract with Boston (BOS)
    Jun 7 2002Drafted by Boston (BOS): Round 2 (#57 overall)

  • Injuries

    A look at the injuries for Jon Lester, and the financial implications.

  • 2022 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how Jon Lester ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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    Statistics

    Season Team GP GS IP H R ER BB K HR W L S ERA WHIP WAR
    2021 STL 30 28 141.1 159 84 74 55 91 25 7 6 0 4.71 1.514 -0.53
    2020 CHC 12 12 61.0 64 35 35 17 42 11 3 3 0 5.16 1.328 -0.22
    2019 CHC 32 31 171.2 205 101 85 52 165 26 13 10 0 4.46 1.497 1.26
    2018 CHC 34 32 181.2 174 75 67 64 149 24 18 6 0 3.32 1.31 3.39
    2017 CHC 32 32 180.2 179 101 87 60 180 26 13 8 0 4.33 1.323 0.71
    2016 CHC 33 32 202.2 154 57 55 52 197 21 19 5 0 2.44 1.016 5.59
    2015 CHC 32 32 205.0 183 83 76 47 207 16 11 12 0 3.34 1.122 2.74
    2014 BOS 32 32 219.2 194 76 60 48 220 16 16 11 0 2.46 1.102 2.83
    2013 BOS 33 33 213.1 209 94 89 67 177 19 15 8 0 3.76 1.294 3.02
    2012 BOS 33 33 205.1 216 117 110 68 166 25 9 14 0 4.82 1.383 0.26
    2011 BOS 31 31 191.2 166 77 74 75 182 20 15 9 0 3.48 1.257 4.36
    2010 BOS 32 32 208.0 167 81 75 83 225 14 19 9 0 3.25 1.202 5.18
    2009 BOS 32 32 203.1 186 80 77 64 225 20 15 8 0 3.41 1.23 6.26
    2008 BOS 33 33 210.1 202 78 75 66 152 14 16 6 0 3.21 1.274 6.08
    Totals 458 451 2741.0 2,610 1,215 1,114 892 2,488 294 200 117 0 3.66 1.278 40.93