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Boston Red Sox Trade Deadline Re-Cap

July 31st, 2014 at 5:46 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox were busy at the MLB Trade Deadline, reshaping their roster with a flurry of deals made with the intent of jumping back to contender status by next season. Let's re-cap a wild whirlwind of moves to see where the Sox stand once the dust cleared.

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The Deals

  • Boston made the first big blockbuster of the day early this morning by swapping All-Stars, sending Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Oakland A's for Yoenis Cespedes. We covered the details of this deal earlier today, but the gist of it is that Boston gets a very good outfielder with a power bat and a cannon for an arm in exchange for their ace, who is set to hit free agency after this season. Cespedes is under contract for $10.5 million next year and it's likely the Sox will try to work out an extension before he hits free agency.
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Boston Red Sox Trade Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s for Yoenis Cespedes

July 31st, 2014 at 1:26 PM
By Sean Penney

It was clear for at least a week now that the Boston Red Sox were going to have to trade Jon Lester before this afternoon's trade deadline. The only question was where he would end up. We finally got our answer and the team that won the Lester sweepstakes came as a surprise to most of us – the Oakland A's.

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Boston has traded their ace pitcher, along with outfielder Jonny Gomes, to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Boston will also receive a competitive balance draft pick from the A's, which is estimated to be around the 70th pick in next year's draft.

Lester gives the A's a proven ace to lead them into the playoffs. Oakland now has arguably the deepest rotation in the league and can now be considered the favorites to win the pennant. Gomes gives them a solid platoon option or a bat off the bench who can crush left-handed pitching.

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Boston Red Sox Vs Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday Preview

July 30th, 2014 at 6:10 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (48-59) finish their series with the Toronto Blue Jays (58-50) tonight. Boston has lost 7 of their last 8 games after dropping the first two games of this series. 5 of those losses have come at the hands of these Blue Jays, when you include their series last week up in Toronto.

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The Red Sox once again struggled to solve the puzzle that is Marcus Stroman, who limited Boston to only 1 run in his 7 innings of work. The rookie has given up only that single run over 14.0 innings against the Red Sox over his last two starts.

It's not going to get any easier for the Red Sox until the chaos of the MLB trade deadline passes and the dust settles to reveal who is still left with the team.

Scouting Report

  • Brandon Workman (1-3, 4.13) has been recalled from Pawtucket to start tonight's game. He last pitched in the majors in a start against the Chicago White Sox on July 8 and has taken the loss in each of his last three starts. Jon Lester was originally scheduled to start tonight, but he was scratched due to the uncertainty of a potential trade deadline deal. If Lester somehow survives the deadline without being dealt, he'll pitch Sunday instead.
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Boston Red Sox: Where Jon Lester May Land

July 30th, 2014 at 2:45 PM
By Sean Penney

Once the Boston Red Sox decided to scratch Jon Lester from Wednesday's start it became inevitable that the team is on the verge of trading him. Multiple sources have reported that the Red Sox are actively shopping their ace prior to tomorrow afternoon's trade deadline, with at least half a dozen teams showing serious interest.

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At this point it seems less of a matter of if Lester is traded and more of a matter of where. Here's a list of potential destinations where Lester could conceivably land.

Los Angeles Dodgers
What they have to offer: There had been some talk about a Lester-Matt Kemp swap, with the Dodgers eating a significant amount of Kemp's salary, but those talks seem to have fizzled. Kemp is a shadow of the player he was a few years ago, when he finished second in NL MVP voting. Injuries and inconsistencies have derailed his production, making him too much of a risk – even if the Red Sox aren't forced to pay the majority of his remaining contract.

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Boston Red Sox Vs Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday Preview

July 29th, 2014 at 5:11 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (48-58) take on the Toronto Blue Jays (57-50) tonight in the middle game of their three game series. Toronto hammered the Red Sox last night 14-1 to take the opener in the series.

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Sound familiar? That's because 14-1 is the same score Boston beat the Blue Jays by to open last week's series in Toronto. The Jays managed to get their revenge in an attack led by Melky Cabrera (2 HR, 5 RBI). Clay Buchholz was knocked around for 7 runs in 5 innings, but things really got out of hand when Felix Doubront took over. The disgruntled pitcher has made it no secret that he's unhappy with his new role in the bullpen and last night he pitched like it by allowing 6 runs in two-thirds of an inning. One has to wonder if he created a distraction for himself with his trade demands, derailing any chance of earning a spot in this rotation or someone else's. 

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