Houston Chronicle

Nationals add Lester to rotation


Lefthander Jon Lester and the Washington Nationals have an agreement in principle in place for a one-year contract, pending the successful completion of a physical exam.

Lester, 37, will be heading into his 16th season in 2021. He has a 193-111 career record after going 3-3 with a 5.16 ERA in the last of his six seasons with the Cubs in 2020.

In other news:

The San Diego Padres are adding another pitcher to their rotation, acquiring righthande­r Joe Musgrove in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates, who acquired Musgrove from the Astros in a trade that included Gerrit Cole in 2018, will get a number of prospects in return, including well-regarded outfielder Hudson Head. The trade was part of a three-team deal, with the New York Mets acquiring lefthander Joey Lucchesi from San Diego.

The Mets reportedly sent catcher-outfield prospect Endy Rodriguez to the Pirates.

• New York Mets general manager Jared Porter sent more than 60 unsolicite­d text messages, including one of a naked penis, to a female baseball reporter in 2016, ESPN reported.

The Mets, in a statement by Sandy Alderson, the team’s president, announced they would review the matter. The Chicago Cubs, who were Porter’s employers at the time of the incident, said they will investigat­e the issue as well.

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