The Red Sox made, arguably, the biggest deal of the MLB trade deadline Thursday, trading away their multi-World Series winning ace Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes in exchange for hard-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Lester had been rumored to be traded for weeks, but the fact that the Red Sox obtained Cespedes was something of a shock. Cespedes was an All-Star this season for Oakland and has won the past two Home Run Derbys.
The move was seen as an "all-in" move by A's GM Billy Beane - who clearly believes that pitching wins in the postseason. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington clearly wanted to upgrade Boston's anemic offense. While Cespedes is expected to join the Red Sox for Friday's game against the Yankees at Fenway Park, Cherington is hoping that the move pays dividends for Boston in 2015.
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