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'Lovable losers' are winning this offseason

The Cubs reportedly have agreed to terms with Jon Lester on a six-year, $155 million contract. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

I said in early August the Cubs were two very good starting pitchers from contention in 2015. Well, they just landed one of those two starters, and given the alternatives out there in free agency and on the trade market, this was the guy they more or less had to get to make that push toward contention a reality for 2015 and beyond.

Jon Lester is coming off his best season to date, with a career-low ERA and walk rate, as well as his highest strikeout rate since 2010 (though everyone's strikeout rates have been rising).