While I understand the Red Sox side here, I don’t understand why the Athletics would trade away their clean up hitter and young stallion. Jon Lester is a great addition, but swapping Gomes for Cespedes is not going to put in them over the top in the AL.
In all reality for the A’s, this is just a half season rental of Lester in hopes to have postseason glory, which seems to be a common factor this day in age in all sports, but the chance of him re-signing with them at the end of the season is slim to none and slim had already walked out the door back to Boston.
The Red Sox will re-sign him at the end of the year and come out major winners in this trade. They pick up a young star in Cespedes, who is going to excel at Fenway Park. He’s a major upgrade from Jonny Gomes, not to mention, the fans are going to love him. Only time will tell how this works out for both teams, but the way I see it is a loss for the A’s and a major upgrade for the Red Sox.