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Interest in free agent left-hander Lester reaching new heights

Judging from the various degrees of interest, the only stress free agent left-hander Jon Lester will encounter will be saying ''no thanks'' to the teams he'll turn down. The interest in Lester, 30, has swelled and become more public in recent days with the measuring stick rising. According to a report Tuesday by CSN Chicago, the Cubs have offered Lester a six-year contract worth "north'' of $135 million. That would be more than $22.5 million annually, or more than what left-hander Cole Hamels of the Phillies will receive over the final four years of his contract or what the Cubs offered Masahiro Tanaka, who left Japan last winter to sign a seven-year, $155 million contract with the ...

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