Red Sox, A’s swap All-Stars: Lester for Cespedes in blockbuster
One of the most talked-about names on this year’s trade market has reportedly been dealt, but the exchange piece comes as a bit of a surprise.
A’s general manager Billy Beane seems to have pulled off another blockbuster deal and acquired more starting pitching for the stretch run by trading power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Boston for ace left-hander Jon Lester and veteran Jonny Gomes.
WEEI‘s Alex Speier first reported the pieces of the deal on Thursday, and Yahoo!‘s Jeff Passan tweeted that Boston would be sending cash to Oakland and receiving the second pick in the competitive balance Comp B round.
After already dealing for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel this summer, the A’s continue to bolster their pitching staff and position themselves for a playoff run with the acquisition of Lester, a 10-game winner already this year and a three-time All-Star. He’ll be a free agent at the end of this season.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, land an elite power hitter in Cespedes — the two-time defending Home Run Derby champ who, at 28, has hit 23-plus homers in his first two full seasons and has already belted 17 this year. He was an All-Star for the first time this season.
Gomes, 33, has been in Boston since the 2013 season after spending 2012 with the A’s.
– Joey Nowak