MLB free agency: Nationals, Jon Lester agree to one-year deal

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The Washington Nationals have added a veteran southpaw with championship pedigree to the rotation. The Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent lefty Jon Lester, pending physical, reports CBS Sports HQ reporter Jim Bowden. Financial terms are unknown. Washington has not yet confirmed the signing.

Lester, 37, struggled in 2020, throwing 61 innings with a 5.16 ERA with the Cubs. He has been a tick worse than league average the last two years, but did manage a 3.32 ERA in 181 2/3 innings as recently as 2018. If nothing else, Lester will take the ball every five days. He made at least 31 starts every year from 2008-19, plus another 12 in the 60-game 2020 season.

The Nationals will front their rotation with Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg. Lester