CHICAGO - Jon Lester insisted theres no reason the Chicago Cubs cant contend next year and even capture their first World Series title since 1908, around the time the Model T was rolling off the assembly line.Im going in with the intention of winning in 2015, he said.The Cubs are, too.This signing really marks the start of a transition for the Cubs, the start of a period where we are clearly very serious about winning the World Series, President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein said Monday, when the team and Lester finalized a $155 million, six-year contract. The deal, agreed to during the winter meetings last week, set baseball records for largest signing bonus and biggest upfront payment.Chicago hired one of the games top managers in Joe Maddon, then added Lester, a three-time All-Star who won two World Series with Boston.Were not hiding the ball, Epstein said. The fact that we havent won in so long helps define who we are. ... I think it attracts players who arent afraid of that challenge and want to be here for the right reasons. It definitely attracted Jon Lester.Lester receives a record $30 million signing bonus, of which $15 million is due by April 1, $2.5 million each by Dec. 31 in 2018 and 2019, and a final $10 million installment by Sept. 15, 2020.He gets salaries of $15 million next year, $20 million each in 2016 and 2017, $22.5 apiece in 2018 and 2019 and $15 million in 2020. There is a $25 million mutual option for 2021 with a $10 million buyout, and the option would become guaranteed if Lester pitches 200 or more innings in 2020 or 400 or more in 2020-21 combined.Lesters deal includes a hotel suite on the road, a provision that he cant be traded without his consent and the right to 25 hours of private-plane use for him and his family annually.His wife and two young children joined him at Restaurant Spiaggia along with other family members and agents Sam and Seth Levinson. His 4-year-old son Hudson took a seat on his lap during the news conference.The no-trade clause is a break from the norm for Epstein. He said the Cubs initially resisted but conceded because it would have been difficult to land Lester without one, particularly after he was dealt from Boston to Oakland last July.Epstein also acknowledged the deal carries a risk for the Cubs, considering Lester turns 31 next month.I know exactly what shoulder program hes been on since he was 18, Epstein said. I know how well hes executed that shoulder program. How diligent hes been. I know what his MRIs look like. I already signed him to a contract extension in the past; that comes with MRIs. His work ethic didnt change one bit. His passion didnt change one bit after signing that first contract.The fact that hes a lefty is another plus to Epstein, and he thinks Lester can pitch well deep into his 30s like former Yankee Andy Pettitte.Left-handed pitchers in this bucket tend to perform throughout their contracts better than right-handed pitchers, Epstein said. Hes got the right amount of pitch mix that will allow him to age gracefully because he doesnt get hitters out just one way.A total of 1,686 players have appeared for the Cubs since Orval Overall retired Detroits Boss Schmidt for the final out of the 1908 World Series, according to STATS, and all have failed to bring another title to the North Side.Lester hopes he and a promising core of young players can end the slide along with Maddon, who left Tampa Bay for a $25 million, five-year contract with the Cubs.When you make a statement like bringing in Joe Maddon, that adds to the decision-making, makes it that much more interesting, he said.Lester went 16-11 with a career-best 2.46 ERA and 220 strikeouts last season and is 116-67 with a 3.58 ERA in nine big league seasons. He also had been sought by the Red Sox, World Series champion San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers.Lester is headed to a team that hasnt made the playoffs since 2008, but he knows Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and senior vice-president of player development and amateur scouting Jason McLeod from their time together in Boston. He had a chance to talk to pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel about the Cubs after they got traded to Oakland. He also spoke with Ryan Dempster, his teammate in Boston and now a member of Chicagos front office.Lester will be joining a rotation that includes Hammel, who agreed to a $20 million, two-year contract last week. The Cubs also acquired two-time All-Star catcher Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the winter meetings and have a pending $4.5 million, one-year agreement with reliever Jason Motte.Lester has worn No. 31 for most of his career, but the Cubs retired that number in honour of Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins. 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Terry came from Boston along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce but has appeared in just 35 games after a knee injury, averaging 4.5 points on 36 per cent shooting. Evans was a favourite of fans but not coach Jason Kidd, who used him in just 30 of their 51 games.SEATTLE -- Without wavering, Chris Young will say it each time he is asked: Individual wins are not important to him. Its about the teams success, the veteran right-hander says, going to painstaking lengths to get his point across. Young reached his first double-digit win total in a season since 2006 on Wednesday, but it truly was a team effort this time around as the Seattle Mariners sent the Atlanta Braves to a season-high eighth straight loss with a 7-3 victory. It is the first time since May 2012 that the Braves, who were swept at Dodger Stadium and San Diego before losing two straight at Safeco Field, have lost eight in a row. "You cant get caught up in wins and losses as a starting pitcher. One day the media will stop evaluating us on that," Young said with a laugh. Young (10-6), who allowed all three runs in the third, was immediately picked up by his teammates, as the Mariners responded with a four-run third. Dustin Ackley led off with a home run and Logan Morrison added a three-run shot off Julio Teheran (10-8) for a 5-3 lead. Teheran was wildly inconsistent in six innings, yielding six runs in three frames, while allowing just one baserunner in the other three innings. Even after allowing Ackleys homer, Teheran appeared to have settled down with two quick outs and a 3-2 advantage. Kyle Seager and Chris Taylor hit back-to-back singles, though, and Morrison deposited a fastball into the right-field seats. After Young protected the 5-3 lead through the fifth, the bullpen took over. After a quick hit, four Seattle relievers combined to throw four innings of scoreless relief, allowing three hits. "Its nice to have an eight-man bullpen with so many quality arms down there, so many choices," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. Seager drove in Seeattles first run with a single in the first, and Taylor and Kendrys Morales later added RBI singles.dddddddddddd The Braves scored all three runs in the third, with Freddie Freeman driving in two with a bases-loaded double, but Tommy La Stella was thrown out trying to score from first on the play. "Its just not matching up right now," Braves outfielder Jason Heyward said. "Its not clicking on all cylinders at the same time for us." TRAINERS ROOM Braves: SS Andrelton Simmons, who sprained his left ankle during Tuesdays game, was wearing an air cast and using crutches on Wednesday morning. He still hopes to avoid time on the disabled list. Mariners: OF Michael Saunders, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique, will join Triple-A Tacomaon Thursday to begin a rehab assignment. McClendon said Saunders will DH before moving to the outfield. ... INF Willie Bloomquist did not get a positive report after being checked out by a doctor on Wednesday and will get a second opinion on his bruised right knee. UP NEXT Braves: Atlanta returns home to start a 10-game homestand against the Nationals on Friday. Ervin Santana (10-6) lost his only career start against Washington. Mariners: Rookie Roenis Elias (8-9) will make his second career start against the White Sox on Thursday. Elias allowed five runs in five innings in Chicago on July 4. ACK-ATTACK Ackley continues his torrid pace at the plate and is hitting .346 (37-107) since July 1 after collecting two hits, including the home run. HOME VS. AWAY Teheran did nothing to help boost his road stats. The right-hander entered the game 6-6 with a 3.91 ERA away from Turner Field. At home, Teheran is 4-1 with a 1.48 ERA, which is tied for the major league lead in that category. ' ' '