Jon Lester buys Chicago an entire weekend-long worth of beer

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It's just another reason Red Sox fans might want a reunion with Jon Lester: He buys beer for an entire city.

Lester, who is on the verge of becoming a free agent after a six-season stay in Chicago with the Cubs, took to Twitter Friday morning to offer a classic going-away gift to the city.

Lester does have a $25 million team option with the Cubs that surely won't be exercised, forcing Chicago into a $10 million buyout and sending the 36-year-old into the open market for the second time in his career.

The lefty is coming off a tough 2020, finishing his 12 starts with a 5.16 ERA. He did, however, show flashes of his old self, including giving up just two runs over his first three starts (including five no-hit innings to begin the season).

Speaking to WEEI.com in May, Lester said he was very much open to a return to the Red Sox.

"Absolutely it would be cool to go back and finish my career where it all started," he said in a wide-ranging interview. "But, I've got a little time before I really have to sit down and weigh that decision, even if it's something where they want me back. Hopefully, I'm still a good enough caliber pitcher that the want of my services will still be out there for people. We'll see."

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