Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is officially in full swing. The Boston Red Sox have traded all-star Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Oakland A’s in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, according to multiple reports.
Confirmed #Athletics get Lester with Gomes for Cespedes
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2014
The A’s already made one big time move when the team traded for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Many thought that trade made Oakland the favorites to win the American League. Now that they’ve acquired Lester, there is no doubt who the best team in the AL is.
In 21 starts this season, Lester is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA and 149 strikeouts. He was scratched from yesterday’s start as a precaution to make sure he wouldn’t get hurt. Lester is a free agent at the end of the season.
Yoenis Cespedes won his 2nd straight Home Run Derby earlier this month and is hitting .256 with 17 homers and 67 RBIs this season. He will be a free agent at the end of next season.
From a Red Sox perspective, this move all but ends any hopes of the team repeating as World Series champions, but it gives Boston a tremendous outfield talent that you can either build around or use as a trade chip to bring in even more talent.