A’s Acquire Lester, Gomes; Cespedes To Boston

2:12pm: The A’s are paying $650K of Cespedes’ salary but are getting back $1.8MM from the Red Sox for Lester’s salary, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

11:35am: The teams have announced the trade. Nightengale tweets the exact figure that will be heading to Oakland: $650K.

10:09am: Dave Cameron of Fangraphs reports another wrinkle in the trade: Cespedes’ contract calls for him to be non-tendered at the end of his deal (if he is not first extended) in order to assure him early free agency, and he therefore is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer following the 2015 season (Twitter links).

9:14am: The Red Sox are sending under $1MM to the A’s in the trade, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Meanwhile, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America tweets that the value of the Competitive Balance pick that Boston receives will be roughly $800K.

8:54am: Passan tweets that Oakland is also sending a competitive balance draft pick to the Red Sox in the trade, and Boston is sending cash to Oakland. The A’s landed the second pick in Comp Round B in last week’s lottery.

8:49am: The Athletics have acquired Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com (Twitter links). Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported that Lester had been traded to an unknown club, while Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com first connected the A’s and Lester earlier this week.

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The addition of Lester will give Oakland an incredibly formidable rotation for the balance of the regular season, but perhaps more importantly, in the playoffs. Lester, who has posted a 2.52 ERA with 9.4 K/9, 2.0 BB/9 and a 43.2 percent ground-ball rate, will join fellow trade acquisition Jeff Samardzija, free agent signing Scott Kazmir and homegrown star Sonny Gray atop Oakland’s rotation.

It’s possible that the struggles of Jason Hammel, acquired from the Cubs along with Samardzija back on July 4, prompted A’s GM Billy Beane to aggressively pursue another sizable rotation upgrade. While the loss of Cespedes will hurt Oakland’s lineup, the team can afford to part with some offense; the A’s rank first in the Majors in runs scored, sixth in on-base percentage and eighth in slugging percentage. Gomes won’t replace Cespedes’ power or his .256/.303/.464 batting line, but he’s a formidable opponent against lefties, having slashed .302/.400/.431 against southpaws in 2014 and .279/.379/.495 in his career.

Cespedes will bring the Red Sox a much-needed outfield bat, though he’s only under team control through the 2015 season due to a clause in his contract that allows him to forgo arbitration and hit the free agent market after his initial four-year term. He’s slated to earn $10.5MM next season — the same sum that he is owed in 2014. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that Cespedes recently voiced a disinterest in playing center field with the A’s, but he did so through a teammate rather than by approaching manager Bob Melvin directly, which likely didn’t sit well with the team (Twitter links).

Yoenis Cespedes

The pair of blockbuster trades by Beane signifies a clear “all-in” philosophy on the 2014 season. Oakland has traded its best prospect (Addison Russell), a 2013 first-round pick (Billy McKinney) and one of its most dangerous bats (Cespedes) in an attempt at the most dominant pitching staff it can muster for the playoffs. There will be no compensation if (or, perhaps more appropriately given his likely price tag — when) Lester departs as a free agent, as baseball’s collective bargaining agreement prohibits players who did not spend the entire regular season on one team from receiving qualifying offers.

For the Red Sox, who hope to re-sign Lester as a free agent this offseason, this trade at least gives them a chance, perhaps a slight one, to have Lester and Cespedes on the same team in 2015 when the club takes another shot at contending. Beyond that, the addition of a draft pick is an interesting wrinkle, as it allows Boston to enjoy the best of both worlds, in a way. GM Ben Cherington could have kept Lester and extended a qualifying offer in hopes of recouping a draft pick if Lester signed elsewhere in free agency. Now, the Sox will get a bonus pick regardless (albeit a slightly later one), and they also are guaranteed a middle-of-the-order bat for the 2015 season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Boston engage Cespedes in extension talks either, though that is nothing more than my own speculation at this juncture.

Photos courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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pastlives
11 months 26 days ago

ok that’s kind of weird, but good for Boston I think? Honestly this is a weird trade, Lester and Cespedes have been worth the exact same amount this year according to BR. The A’s took a bat out of the middle of their lineup, and the Sox get 1 year of him. Why?

Fangaffes
11 months 26 days ago

Yeah. Who wouldn’t want someone with a .303 OBP? OK, probably Billy Beane, for one.

mauryfeldman
11 months 26 days ago

I don’t like this deal for Boston much. Cespedes is only under contract for a year. They get a draft pick, somewhere around 35-45, where the probability of success is already significantly reduced. It doesn’t seem to me that this helps them much for the future. Couldn’t they have gotten legit prospects from another team?
I wonder if the Masterson trade really hurt them here. The Cardinals had younger, more projectable players to offer.
It’s not that Cespedes isn’t a good return for Lester per se, it sjut appears to be a short term fix, which is weird for a team moving veteran talent.

Littledoc
11 months 26 days ago

They can trade Cespedes for prospects too this offseason or next year tradeline if they have a bad 2015

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 26 days ago

He might be a better option to be traded once again to a team needing help on offense like the Seattle Mariners by still hanging on in the wild card race. Remember Mark Langston who was traded from the Matiners to the Expos and then to the Angels 24 years ago?

John
11 months 26 days ago

That’s exactly what I was thinking/hoping! I wonder what kind of prospects it would take to get vespers from Boston

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 26 days ago

Wonder if it’s Cespedes and Napoli as Patrick Kivelhan, Gabriel Guerrero, John Hicks, James Paxton/Taijuan Walker, and either Corey Hart/Logan Morrison/Jesus Montero heading to Boston. Mariners should also look into Ethier or Kemp also to bolster the team since Ackley or Saunders would be perfect to come off the bench & give someone a day off or so.

John
11 months 26 days ago

How about smoak, Franklin, and Erasmo Ramirez instead of kivelhan and Guerrero

hediouspb
11 months 26 days ago

he’s the final piece in the offseason move for Stanton.

not_brooks
11 months 26 days ago

Oops. No prospect.

See Dave Cameron update.

gnats
11 months 26 days ago

wut.

GrilledCheese39
11 months 26 days ago

Red Sox win this deal by A LOT.

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

Especially if Lester goes back to Boston.

gnats
11 months 26 days ago

Well, he’s not going to get a deal from Oakland. So Red Sox will win it anyway.

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

Still might stay on the west coast and sign with LA (either of the 2 LA teams)

paqza
11 months 26 days ago

It’s fantastic for him now contract-wise because the team that signs him won’t have to give up a pick – just money. That really opens up possibilities.

drlove33
11 months 26 days ago

I’m pretty sure a big reason why the Red Sox traded Lester was precisely because they could not afford to resign him. So I don’t think that’s really an option for them.

Metsfan93
11 months 26 days ago

I disagree. It could be the reason, but if Lester didn’t care about being a career BoSox, then the Red Sox did right here by improving their 2015 roster. Cespedes + Lester for ’15 is better than neither Cespedes nor Lester and just Cespedes. They’ve maximized their chances of competing in ’15.

drlove33
11 months 26 days ago

Sure, but it looks like just in ’15. Cespedes wants to hit the open market.

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

Saying Red Sox and “could not afford” together is like saying Rays and “spending spree” together.

drlove33
11 months 26 days ago

Times have changed in Boston and they’ve made it clear that they aren’t just going to resign their guys for however much that guy wants (we saw this with Elsbury last year, right after the world series no less). Maybe they could “afford” to pay him but the point is, they won’t give him what other teams can offer.

Fat, Ugly Inner-City Sweathog
11 months 26 days ago

Not necessarily. They may recognize that they CAN re-sign him and, with this season basically over, they may as well get something for him. For all we know, they have a handshake agreement to bring Lester back next season. Now they get Cespedes too.

GrayhawkAZ
11 months 26 days ago

That is what I think… They already have a deal in place… BUt Boston has been very public about giving 5 year deals to Pitchers in and around 30… We know how pitches now regress at this point (CC, Haren, etc)

Fat, Ugly Inner-City Sweathog
11 months 26 days ago

It’s a smart strategy if that’s the case. The Sox are done this year and Lester has a chance to go win a ring. They could get a basic agreement in place, shake hands, and reconvene this winter. Sox get a player (cespedes) for nothing basically and get their man (Lester) back.

gammaraze
11 months 26 days ago

“Sox get a player for nothing” … assuming they, in fact, have a hand shake agreement, and Lester honors it, then they got something for nothing. Otherwise, they have picked up Cespedes in exchange for a compensation pick. Supplemental 1st round picks in the last 15 years include the likes of Kelly Johnson, David Wright, Adam Jones, Gio Gonzalez, Huston Street, Clay Buchholz, and Josh Donaldson.

Metsfan93
11 months 26 days ago

I would take Cespedes over most of those except Wright, Jones, and Donaldson, and Donaldson himself was developed by Oakland and less heralded originally.

Fat, Ugly Inner-City Sweathog
11 months 26 days ago

and a host of other guys who never panned out.

Jeff Scott
11 months 26 days ago

Exactly.

Robby L. Sklarz
11 months 26 days ago

If Boston was willing to pay Lester what he wanted, he’d still be there. I don’t think he’s going back.

The_Porcupine
11 months 26 days ago

I agree. They kind of burned a bridge and it will be tough to get both sides back on the same page together.

Ishkabibble
11 months 26 days ago

Don’t believe its a burned bridge at all. Though unpleasent, this whole thing never got contentious between the two. Lester’s already stated he’d re-sign w/ Boston if the numbers worked out.

The_Porcupine
11 months 26 days ago

Stating it to the media is public posturing though. Seriously, the Sox offered less than half of what he was after in salary. That is a pretty big gap to try to fill in on a compromise.

Metsfan93
11 months 26 days ago

We don’t know what Boston’s latest offer would be. 4/70 was the starting point. If they’re willing to go 5/120? Who knows..

Eric
11 months 26 days ago

Players and teams always say they are open to resigning them the year after a trade, but it never seems to happen.

Kieta Vivian
11 months 26 days ago

Lester was the guy who claimed during the offseason he would give the Sox a hometown discount. Then negotiations start and the FO finds out that he was lying and wants over 20 million a year. Its not entirely the teams fault here.

Metsfan93
11 months 26 days ago

20 MM per is a hometown discount. He didn’t lie. Greinke signed for 6 @ 24.5. Hamels for 6 @ 24. Lee for 5 @ 24. Hernandez for 7 @ 25, 5 @ 27 in new money, Verlander 7 @ 25+, 5 @ 28 in new money, Kershaw signed for 7 @ a little over 30. 5/110 or so is still a discount, and he would’ve signed that in Spring Training apparently.

Jeff Scott
11 months 26 days ago

I disagree. Notice who they traded him to– THE A’S. Not exactly a big market team. No way they are going to commit 40% of their payroll to one pitcher for the next 5 years. And they are the only team with an inside track on him. If they had traded him to a big market team I would be more concerned.

NomarGarciaparra
11 months 26 days ago

Am I the only one not that overwhelmed by Cespedes? By no means do I think the Red Sox lost this trade, but what’s the big deal with Cespedes? He has power and a cannon arm, but aside from that, his numbers aren’t that impressive.

Mike Adamson
11 months 26 days ago

Agreed his name is bigger than the actual player but I still think it was a good trade for Boston seeing Lester is a UFA

Tesseract
11 months 26 days ago

Look at Josh Harrison, now look at Cespedes. Josh Harrison may be having a great year but to me he is no more than a Bench player and will not likely ever perform better than this year. Cespedes is having a good year but could be on the cusp of a breakout. The guy has plus tools across the board, why would you not like a player like that on your team?

Monsoon Harvard
11 months 26 days ago

What’s with the slam on Josh Harrison out of no where? What does he have to do with anything?

Tesseract
11 months 26 days ago

It’s just an example. J-Hay is a good player but I wanted to show a point that players are more than just stats. They have good numbers but who would you rather have, Cespedes or Harrison? Cespedes is going to be a beast for years to come

GrayhawkAZ
11 months 26 days ago

Cespedes is 29… Breakout would have already happened by now I would have to think… The name is certainly more than the figures he puts up… What was interesting is how Cespedes was a negative WAR defensive player his first two years and his year has changed..

Tesseract
11 months 26 days ago

Cespedes is 28 not 29, but has only played baseball in the US since he was 26. Thinking he could breakout is not unreasonable. And defense metrics fluctuate year by year, that’s why they are not as reliable as offensive metrics

paqza
11 months 26 days ago

He’s 29, but he’s only had 2.6 years in the Majors. Plenty of guys break out after that. And even his floor is pretty respectable.

Ishkabibble
11 months 26 days ago

Turns 29 October 18th.

mauryfeldman
11 months 26 days ago

Boston can dominate the home run derby next year.

paqza
11 months 26 days ago

I think he’ll like the Monster. And considering the problems the Sox have had in their outfield so far, a Céspedes/Betts/JBJ alignment with Nava getting some playing time looks pretty good.

Bob Bunker
11 months 26 days ago

Cespedes talent is hard to judge because his first year he had a 326 BABIP which is slightly lucky but not incredibly so and a 137 WRC+ and hit 23 HR in 130 games with half in the giant park in OAK. Then the next two years his BABIP fell to .275 which is either unlucky or his true BABIP level and his WRC+ fell to 102 and 113 while his ISO stayed pretty much the same.

I think in Fenway he should be good for 30 HR and if his BABIP goes back up he could be good for 275/330/800.

Steve_in_MA
11 months 26 days ago

He’s a +3WAR guy. Ellsbury was a +3WAR guy. He’s almost as impressive as his name. The Sox can extend him this offseason for 4 years at $60MM and have a quality LF locked in for the next half decade.

NomarGarciaparra
11 months 26 days ago

Where is all this WAR coming from? Because his offensive numbers sure don’t look that impressive. Also, I think he should play RF at Fenway. That cannon will be somewhat wasted in the small LF.

Jaysfan1994
11 months 26 days ago

He gets lots of time in the #3 hole, put any person there and they’ll provide WAR.

Steve_in_MA
11 months 26 days ago

His BA and OBP are unimpressive, but he’s an OPS+ player. He can hit 25 dingers in Oakland, so that’s more like 30+ in Fenway. And then he’s got great speed and one of the best arms in the MLB. The WAR is there. If he improves on plate discipline, he might even get to +4.

Bleed_Orange
11 months 26 days ago

How so? Are they built to win next year? If not then they lose Lester and are right back in this same predicament next year with Cespedes who will probably have less trade value than Lester.

paqza
11 months 26 days ago

They can always resign Lester. The A’s certainly won’t.

Bleed_Orange
11 months 26 days ago

True but will they? If they were honestly going to really try and resign him wouldn’t they have given him a REAL offer before he hit the open market. Now there will be teams like the dodgers, cubs, and yankees driving up the price and the front office has already said they don’t want to sign a 30 year old to a contract that is 5 years +

paqza
11 months 26 days ago

The Cubs would be a good options. I don’t see the Dodgers or Yankees in on him due to payroll concerns, but they’re definitely possibilities.

Mike Adamson
11 months 26 days ago

Unless Oakland wins the World Series!!!

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

Because we get Cespedes for one year?

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

Because we get Cespedes for one year?

rct
11 months 26 days ago

Yeah, that’s my thought, too. Sure, the As might only get Lester for a few months, but they also get Gomes and it costs them a year and two months of Cespedes. It seems like a pretty even deal to me.

NomarGarciaparra
11 months 26 days ago

My thoughts exactly. I was pretty excited hearing names like Joc Pederson and other legitimate prospects. I was interested to see people’s reaction to this and I was surprised that everyone thought it was such a big win for the Red Sox.

Cespedes is a big name, but his performance doesn’t quite match the name and he’s only signed through 2015.

Fat, Ugly Inner-City Sweathog
11 months 26 days ago

If the A’s win a World Series with this rotation, it could be a true Win-Win trade for both clubs. Especially if Lester returns to Boston in the offseason

mlbaustin
11 months 26 days ago

Not really. He’s a FA after next season and there was no way the A’s were going to sign him. Odds are they were going to trade him in the off season since they probably could afford to offer him, Shark and possibly Kazmir a qualifying offer after 2015. The A’s get two playoff pieces for now in exchange for one year of Cespedes. I like this deal for both teams.

The_Porcupine
11 months 26 days ago

I think that if the A’s end up winning the World Series, they will win the deal. That seems to be the only thing Beane sees right now. He has a chance to win it and is willing to go all in. And let’s be real, Cespedes is good but he isn’t all that. There was no way the A’s were going to resign him after next year, but Sox have the budget to do so. No doubt Beane is gambling, but it is definitely entertaining.

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 26 days ago

Especially the Mariners in a toss up if they can acquire Cespedes & Lackey for Walker, Pike, Guerrero, Kivelhan, Hart/Montero/Morrison/Smoak (one of those four players), and PTBN.

Frittoman626
11 months 26 days ago

Nobody wants Hart, Montero, Morrison, and Smoak. They’re all terrible.

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 26 days ago

Stefan Romero & Julio Morban would be better option than those four mentioned. Phillies in a three team trade might be a good way to make the deal accomplish if Lackey & Byrd, Napoli & Byrd, or Cespedes & Hamels going to Seattle work out well.

WillieMaysField
11 months 26 days ago

The Red Sox could have had prospects. Instead they get one year of cespedes who’s a free agent after 2015 without QO attached. It’s a win but not a big win.

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

I saw this one all along

– Said no one ever

GetToTheChoppa
11 months 26 days ago

After the shark trade and how Hammel has struggled I did see beane looking for another arm. But definitely not Lester.

BrettLawriesnewesttattoo
11 months 26 days ago

3 years of Cespedes for a few months of Lester and Gomes? I don’t get it.

Christopher Soto
11 months 26 days ago

Actually only 1 1/2 yrs…..Cespedes can file for Article XX(B) free agency after 2015.

BrettLawriesnewesttattoo
11 months 26 days ago

aw, ok. never heard of that. will have to look it up.

Donskoy
11 months 26 days ago

How? It looks like that applies to players in the minors. Doesn’t Cespedes go to arbitration after 2015?

Sam Froomkin
11 months 26 days ago

Does Arb apply to contracts to international players? I thought they are just signed outright to major league contracts.

Donskoy
11 months 26 days ago

Baseball Reference says free agent at 2018, but that might be automated. These places tend to be better informed than I.

Metsfan93
11 months 26 days ago

Everything I’ve seen says he can be a FA after next year.

WillieMaysField
11 months 26 days ago

He becomes a free agent after 2015. It’s one of the reasons he signed with the A’s. No one else was willing to give him free agency after 4 years.

Metsfan93
11 months 26 days ago

It appears its in his contract for Oakland to non-tender him after 2015, making him a FA without a QO (you can’t offer a QO and non-tender someone simultaneously)

Donskoy
11 months 26 days ago

Cespedes is going to stop being cheap real soon, so maybe Beane is freeing up his resources to extend some of his guys and/or lock up one of their pitchers.

anon_coward
11 months 26 days ago

and a chance for the one of the lowest payroll teams to go to the WS

TRAPstar
11 months 26 days ago

What is their payroll? I feel it is much higher this year than usual with Jim Johnson making $10mil for example

Fat, Ugly Inner-City Sweathog
11 months 26 days ago

They want to win a World Series and dealt from a position of strength (offense) to stack their rotation for the playoffs

JCurrie39
11 months 26 days ago

Wow, didn’t see this coming. I think it’s a poor move for Oakland. Cespedes for a half season of Lester. I’d pass but that rotation will be sweet!

Realist
11 months 26 days ago

A’s are playing to win now. They are loaded in the farm system with pitching.

raltongo
11 months 26 days ago

Yea but giving up cespedes? Wow..guess Billy’s got a plan that I’m not quite understanding now

Metsfan93
11 months 26 days ago

The plan where he couldn’t re-sign Cespedes after 2015 and is going for gold this year when he already has the best team in MLB? Yeah, that plan seems solid.

Fat, Ugly Inner-City Sweathog
11 months 26 days ago

A’s need a stacked rotation to contend with Detroit and company in the playoffs. It’s been their missing piece all these years since 2001, when they get bumped out in the ALDS

raltongo
11 months 26 days ago

Yea but giving up cespedes? Wow..guess Billy’s got a plan that I’m not quite understanding now

Snoochies8
11 months 26 days ago

Actually they don’t have very good pitching depth in their system right now. All of their healthy top pitching prospects are in Stockton or Beloit (basically, single-A)

Their strength in the system right now is up the middle (Pinder, Robertson, Jesus Lopez, Yairo Munoz) and corner infield (Ryon Healy, Renato Nunez, Max Muncy, Matt Olson, Matt Chapman)

Phillyfan425
11 months 26 days ago

Wow…just wow.
The only way the A’s win this deal (in any idea) is if they win the WS this year.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

The A’s have already won this deal.

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

Nah man, gotta look beyond this season. Your Sox won it.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

For this return I would’ve rather just kept Lester

Ted
11 months 26 days ago

Why? Based on Lester’s comments, you’re just as likely to re-sign Lester as if you’d kept him. The only difference is whether you have him for the rest of this season which is a lost cause. Might as well have Lester and Cespedes in 2015 than just Lester.

Phillyfan425
11 months 26 days ago

Ehh, Boston gets a 1 year of better player than Gomes, plus a draft pick (yes, you would have gotten a slightly higher one for Lester). You can also turn that into (at worst) another draft pick if you offer Cespedes a QO after 2015 (if he doesn’t re-sign with you). So, at worst, you’re getting 2 draft picks for Lester and Gomes.

calamityfrancis
11 months 26 days ago

there is no draft pick compensation for cespedes.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

The A’s have already won this deal.

Fat, Ugly Inner-City Sweathog
11 months 26 days ago

They don’t need to “win” this deal. They want to win a ring. They are not competing for “best trade” with Boston.

Phillyfan425
11 months 26 days ago

The team as a whole might not care. But the GM should. He should care whether he wins or loses deals.

Fat, Ugly Inner-City Sweathog
11 months 26 days ago

Sure, but the two teams are trading to fill different needs. If the A’s don’t win the Series is their trade a “failure”? If the Sox don’t re-sign Lester in the offseason, is their side a loss? Right now the trade makes sense for both sides. Beane made the deal he needed to make to stack his rotation. They can’t measure the success of a trade based on how it works out for Boston.

Phillyfan425
11 months 26 days ago

No, you measure a trade by how it impacts you this year and going forward. So unless the A’s win a WS this year, how can you call it anything but a failure? They were already the best team in baseball, so this move was made solely for the playoffs. And if they fall in the playoffs, then the move wasn’t worth it for the GM (i.e. it didn’t improve the team enough to win it all). Plus, he gave up a draft pick and can’t obtain a new one by offering a QO to Lester.
So if they don’t win the WS, he gave up a good player with a year of control, a draft pick, and the potential to get another draft pick (had they offered Cespedes a QO after 2015) for nothing.

paqza
11 months 26 days ago

The playoffs are a crapshoot but if your front 4 is Lester/Shark/Kazmir/Gray, it really helps your chances. More importantly, the A’s revenue stream is tied to attendance and even making the playoffs and advancing to the LCS will dramatically boost revenue this year and next year, giving Beane more money to work with. It’s definitely not a failure unless the team just doesn’t make the playoffs.

Yamsi12
11 months 26 days ago

A’s got hosed.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

A’s gave up the last year and a third of Cespedes for an express ticket to the 2014 World Series.

MB923
9 months 23 days ago

Oops. Should have kept Cespedes after all :)

WillieMaysField
11 months 26 days ago

Cespedes has a .760 ops the past two seasons. He has power but is below average at getting on base. The A’s lose out on next season and the comp pick in 2016 when Cespedes signs with another team.

paqza
11 months 26 days ago

They’re on different spots on the win curve. The Red Sox have a bad outfield and wanted to improve it and the As have scored the most runs in baseball and are also the best team in baseball. It’s not bad if it lets them get further in the playoffs; at the end of the day, the goal is for them to win a WS and this gets them closer.

Metsfan93
11 months 26 days ago

The A’s couldn’t have offered the comp pick anyway.

Carl Langley
11 months 26 days ago

Lester, Samardzija, Kazmir, Gray. GG Tigers.

GrilledCheese39
11 months 26 days ago

Gomes isn’t headed to Boston. He was in Boston, now apparently in Oakland.

GrilledCheese39
11 months 26 days ago

Nevermind lol.

driftcat28
11 months 26 days ago

shocked

Zach
11 months 26 days ago

Jonny Gomes is already on the Red Sox.
Edit: They fixed it.

sean
11 months 26 days ago

NOO!

anthony castaldi
11 months 26 days ago

When is Cespedes a free agent?

pastlives
11 months 26 days ago

after next season I believe.

sdsny
11 months 26 days ago

Holy cow…I thought prospects would be going the other way. Cespedes? For a 2-month rental pitcher and Johnny Gomes? Boston won this one.

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

Oakland wouldn’t have had the prospects. They only had 1 elite one and he was traded for Shark.

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

Poor Cespedes. Goes to bed last night playing for the best team in the AL. Wakes up and is now on one of the worst teams in the AL.

Curt Green
11 months 26 days ago

Red Sox: First to Worst. I knew last year was a fluke.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

I’m really hoping the Sox are planning to flip him (+Lackey maybe?) as part of some deal to actually get good prospects from someone. I hate this deal otherwise.

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

Why would you hate this deal? It’s a win for Boston easily.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

Because we get Cespedes for 2015 and a worse draft pick than we would’ve gotten if Lester had left via QO?

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

Well can’t they offer a QO to Cespedes next year (barring a trade or extension)?

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

Sure, but that’s a paltry return still. I can’t believe that Ben couldn’t have coerced a prospect out of someone over the next several hours

JacobyWanKenobi
11 months 26 days ago

I feel like an extension with Cespedes and reunion with Lester is the endgame here. Who knows though.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

If those both happen, then I’ll like the deal.

MB923
11 months 26 days ago

Actually I just read Cespedes cannot be offered a QO. Hope the Red Sox knew that.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

The deal keeps getting worse! 😀

Bob Bunker
11 months 26 days ago

I understand where you are coming from but if the idea is to contend in 2015 (and it better be) then this trade makes perfect sense. Fix one of the biggest holes on the team with an All Star at 10 million dollars. Overall, I understand wanting a Joc Pederson or Josh Bell or Piscotyy but none of those guys are proven and Cespedes is only 28. 2 things could make it even better.

1. Extend Cespedes to a deal that includes the 2015 salary to lower the AAV hit.
2. Resign Lester in the off season with some of the savings from getting an All Star OF at 10 million.

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

If this trade facilitates us extending Cespedes and we re-sign Lester, then I’ll like it.

Bob Bunker
11 months 26 days ago

Yeah I can’t imagine them doing this trade without at least planning to go all in on either Cespedes or Lester long term. Maybe trading for a proven All Star rather then prospects shows the front office is done pinching pennies and wants to to buy some stars to allow the young guys to develop around!

Karkat
11 months 26 days ago

I’ll believe it when I see it

Bob Bunker
11 months 26 days ago

Just have to have more confidence in the front office man. Worst case they get a 1 year of Cespedes and 2 draft picks in the top 50 for a half a year of Lester + Gomes. Best case they have both players for the next 6 years starting in 2015 and two top 50 draft picks. All you have to do is Believe!!!

timpa
11 months 26 days ago

I think they come out with better than the comp pick for Lester with a chance to still sign Lester. Not sure what prospects other teams were offering.

I don’t think (never thought) Lester was significantly better than Greinke when the Brewers traded him to the Angels and they got a 50-75 ranked prospect in Segura.

calamityfrancis
11 months 26 days ago

just came out that there will be no draft pick compensation for cespedes.

mlbaustin
11 months 26 days ago

That’s an interesting thought. I think this deal makes sense for Oakland more than Boston, so that would make sense. Maybe for a near ready MLB starter. Seattle could use him, maybe they build a package including Cespedes for Walker?

timpa
11 months 26 days ago

I wonder if he could end up on one of the world teams in the NL. Wonder how much in terms of prospects would need to be added with him to get Cole Hamels. Ruben Amaro Jr loves HR hitters.

Metsfan93
11 months 26 days ago

Jonny Gomes is already in Boston..

randyfastman
11 months 26 days ago

better hope Oakland wins this year… especially when Lester re-signs with Boston in the offseason.

onemanrevival
11 months 26 days ago

Why would the A’s trade one of their top hitters?

Brendan Purcell
11 months 26 days ago

Cespedes is replaceable (Gomes/Fuld platoon)….Lester is not. Team gets much, much better.

bravo_84
11 months 26 days ago

I’m assuming this can’t be the whole deal… I mean seriously??

Jim Low
11 months 26 days ago

Awful deal for the A’s