Jon Lester is OK if the Cubs don't make any moves before this year's trade deadline.
Following Friday's loss to the Phillies, the Cubs (51-44) were locked in a tie with the San Francisco Giants for the second National League wild card spot as the Giants were set to host the Oakland A's in a late game Friday night.
The Cubs still only have four true starting pitchers, mixing and matching with the No. 5 spot after Travis Wood was moved to the bullpen in mid-May. But it wasn't the rotation that struggled Friday as Lester left the game with a 3-2 lead after the seventh and watched the bullpen gave up three runs in the ninth and 10th innings to the last-place Phillies.
The Cubs have been linked to Cole Hamels and other starting pitchers on the trade block, but even if Theo Epstein's front office doesn't make a move, Lester is just fine with what's already here.
"I think we're pretty darn good right now," Lester said. "Obviously, an addition would be a shot in the arm as far as maybe taking some pressure off the other four guys. But I don't think we can worry about that right now.
"We have to worry about playing good baseball and we have to worry about Jake [Arrieta] pitching tomorrow and the lineup that gets posted and then playing good baseball. That's all we can worry about.
"If Theo and those guys decide that that's what we need, then great. If they decide that we're going to stand pat, then great. I've always been a big believer that you try to stay in your lane as best you can."
It would be easy for the ultra-competitive Lester to sit in front of the Chicago media and play armchair GM, saying the Cubs should do whatever it takes to get Cole Hamels or David Price or whoever.
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But Lester's won two World Series' with the Red Sox and he trusts this front office.
"I don't want their job by any means," he said. "I know how hard it is. I don't want it, they probably don't want mine and we'll leave it at that.
"We'll let them make the baseball op decision and we'll worry about going out and playing baseball."