A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that pitcher Jon Lester has agreed to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. The deal contains an option for 2021 that, if it becomes guaranteed, would make the deal worth $170 million over seven seasons.
The Boston Red Sox now have a three-games-to-two lead in the World Series.
Jon Lester pitched into the eighth inning for the second time in the Fall Classic as the Sox knocked off St. Louis 3-1 in Game 5. The lefty held the Cardinals to a run and four hits while striking out seven over 7 2/3 innings.
The World Series gets underway with Game 1 tonight at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals. Left-hander Jon Lester will get the start for the Red Sox, while righty Adam Wainwright will head to the hill for the Cardinals. First pitch is at 8:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has undergone Tommy John surgery that will cause him to miss the 2014 season.
Tim Lincecum is staying put with the San Francisco Giants after reaching an agreement on a two-year $35 million contract extension through the 2015 season.
In baseball, Tampa Bay is 2-for-2 in elimination playoff games. After beating Texas to get to the American League wild card matchup, the Rays got a great pitching performance from Alex Cobb and blanked Cleveland 4-0 to reach the AL division series against Boston on Friday.
The Indians, who haven't won a World Series since 1948, were making their first postseason appearance since 2007. They won 10 straight games at the end of the season to reach the wild card elimination game.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is due to make another appearance in court in the murder case against him. A probable cause hearing for Hernandez is scheduled for this afternoon. He has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death last month of Odin Lloyd.
The NBA draft was Thursday night and the Brooklyn Nets made the biggest news. A person with knowledge of the talks confirmed a Yahoo Sports report that the Nets and Celtics were working on a trade that would bring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn. This comes days after losing their head coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers. The trade can't be completed until July 10th.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had first pick at Barclays Center and chose UNLV forward Anthony Bennett. Bennett is the first Canadian to be taken No. 1 in the NBA draft.
In baseball news, Desmond Jennings hit two of Tampa Bay's four homers in an 8-3 thumping of Boston. Jon Lester served up three gopher balls and was lifted after Matt Joyce's two-run blast put the Rays ahead 7-3 in the fifth.
Elsewhere in the American League, Oakland won 6-4 over the Yankees. CC Sabathia allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings. The Angels fell to Baltimore 3-2. Cleveland topped Texas 5-2. Detroit won against Kansas City 3-2. Toronto edged ahead of the White Sox 7-5 and Seattle blanked Houston 4-0.
The world of sports is taking the backseat to another tragedy as a massive tornado ripped through a handful of Oklahoma suburbs on Monday. Kevin Durant is among a group of sports stars and coaches who are expressing concern for the victims, posting on his Twitter account that he was praying for everyone involved.
In major league baseball, checking the American League, Stephen Drew hit his second career grand slam and the Red Sox beat the Rays 9-2. Jon Lester stayed unbeaten, allowing two runs in seven innings to help end the Rays' season-best six-game winning streak. Elsewhere, Raul Ibanez hit a grand slam and two-run homer at Yankee Stadium to help Seattle rout New York 12-2. Houston defeated Detroit 7-5. The White Sox won against Minnesota 9-4. Texas beat Oakland 6-2 and Kansas City passed the Angels 9-5.