The Jon Lester Sweepstakes could be reaching a conclusion soon.
One baseball executive said it's "likely'' that the free agent pitcher will make his choice before the end of the week. Earlier reports had Lester wanting to finalize his deal before the winter meetings officially kick off next week in San Diego.
Barring a late entry into the field, Lester is trying to choose between the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and a return to the Red Sox. Lester has met with representatives of all three teams in recent weeks.
As the bidding currently stands, the Cubs are said to have the biggest offer on the table ($138 million over six years), just ahead of the Red Sox proposal of six years and $130 million.
The nature of the Giants' offer for Lester is unknown.
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