And the winner is...the Chicago Cubs! Free agent Jon Lester chose the Cubs, their 6-year / $155 million dollar deal that includes a seventh year vesting option.

The Red Sox final best offer was apparently 6 years and $135 million.

It means Lester joins up with former Sox GM Theo Epstein and the new manager of the Cubbies, Joe Maddon.

ESPN's Baseball Tonight crew reacts...