Nationals trade Lester to Cardinals

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The Washington Nationals traded veteran left-hander Jon Lester to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, the club announced.

Washington receives outfielder Lane Thomas in return.

Lester is a familiar name to Cardinals fans, having spent several seasons facing them with the rival Chicago Cubs.

The 37-year-old joined Washington on a one-year contract this offseason. In 16 starts with the Nats, he posted a 5.02 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with 51 strikeouts and 29 walks.

Thomas has spent parts of the last three seasons in the majors, working primarily as a pinch-hitter. The 25-year-old has five hits in 58 plate appearances this season but has drawn 10 walks.

Nationals trade Lester to Cardinals
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