Free agent pitcher Jon Lester will reportedly visit with the Chicago Cubs next week.
According to the report, Lester will visit Wrigley Field, which is undergoing renovations, for "a formal get-together with the Cubs brass and owner Tom Ricketts."
Lester, 30, is ranked as the offseason's No. 2 free agent by SI.com's Ben Reiter.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington reportedly met with Lester's agent Tuesday night. Lester spent the first eight-plus seasons of his career with Boston, winning the World Series in 2007 and 2013.
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was Boston's GM when Lester signed a six-year deal with the Red Sox in 2008.
Lester is a three-time All-Star, including an appearance this season, and pitched a no-hitter in 2008.
- Molly Geary