The Cubs' 2020 season came to an abrupt close, with a sweep to the Marlins in the NL Wild Card Series. A long offseason awaits, but starter Jon Lester has high hopes for the team next season.
Saturday, Lester shared some thoughts on the season ending on Twitter, with a positive outlook on 2021.
The Cubs won the NL Central for the third time in five seasons in 2020 but obviously didn't finish the way they'd like, scoring one run in two postseason games. With much of their position player core under contract through 2021, they could bounce back next season, assuming it remains intact.
Lester, on the other hand, could become a free agent this winter, if his $25 million option for 2021 is declined. But he's said on several occasions this season he hopes 2020 isn't his last in Chicago.
“I’ve definitely appreciated everything this organization has done for me, and I hope it’s not it," he said this week. I hope we can figure something out for next year, and these conversations are kind of null and void.”
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said last month the club expects to have conversations with Lester about returning next year. Perhaps he'll be part of their return to glory.