Jon Lester plays football with Jake Arrieta at Spring Training

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Spring training is usually a time for players to get in shape, loosen up the arm and work on fundamentals.

For Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, who gave up a league-leading 44 stolen bases, it might mean working on pick-off moves and throwing to first base.

Guess it can’t be all work and no play …

Jake running routes for Jon. #SpringTraining A video posted by cubs (@cubs) on Feb 24, 2016 at 11:27am PST

Lester’s 44 stolen bases allowed last season doubled his next-worst season in the majors. In fact, his wide receiver, Jake Arrieta, allowed the fourth-highest number of steals in MLB with 27.

Baseball aside, wonder what old teammate Jeff Samardzija thinks of Arrieta’s route-running and pass-receiving form?

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