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Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes heading to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes

Jul 31, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

We didn’t see this coming: WEEI’s Alex Speier reports that the Oaland Athletics have acquired Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes.

This makes the third front line starting pitcher added to the A’s rotation in less than a month, with Lester joining Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel who came to Oakland from Chicago at the beginning of July. Along with Sonny Gray, this gives the A’s perhaps the best starting rotation in the American League. Possibly in all of baseball. It certainly signals that the A’s are going for it without hesitation or pause in 2014.

For the Red Sox: a big problem — production in the outfield — is solved. They didn’t get the sorts of prospects everyone expected they’d get. But in Cespedes they received one of the most powerful hitters in the game who is under team control through 2015. And of course the Red Sox have the means to extend Cespedes if they like what they see from him over the next year and a half. It is worth wondering if his batting line — already good on the power side, even if lacking in the on-base side of things — improves in a more hitter-friendly park like Fenway.

We’ll have much more on the fallout from this monster deal, including what it means for Boston, for Oakland and for the rest of baseball as the day goes on.

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  1. dickclydesdale - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    This trade is a set up for the red sox to get a power bat because Lester will be returning to Boston in 2015. I’m surprised teams don’t collude(come to a secret understanding for a harmful purpose) conspire do this more often.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      clyde – in this reality, Armstrong walked on the moon and Lester will only go back to Boston in the visitor’s clubhouse…

  2. jgreiner9 - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    He’s not going back to Boston. Boston doesn’t give long term big contracts to pitchers.

  3. redsoxchamp11 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    The people saying this isn’t good for the Sox because we traded an ace thats a 3 month loaner is laughable to me. We got a return on the investment that will be of more help in the immediate rather than a draft pick if he leaves. They still have a chance to resign him, like every other team that would be interested. I don’t see how they lose in this situation at all. No one is giving up top prospects for a loaner. The fact they could get a power bat in this situation seems like a Win.

    Bang that Monter Yeonis. Bang that wall.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      I don’t see how they lose in this situation at all.

      Well you’re a worse team today because of the trade. And while the Sox have a shot to re-sign Lester at year end, Cespedes is a FA after ’15 and his contract has an odd stipulation in it that prevents the Sox from offering a QO. So a year from now the Sox could be left shorthanded with nothing to show from this trade.

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