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The Gomes for Gomes element is what makes this deal truly innovative.
Why do we suppose Boston would target a proven player (who's a free agent after 2015) over a package of prospects?
Well I am awake.
And, as others have noted, it certainly gives Oakland a monster rotation for the here and now; I'd have to agree they're the team to beat at this point.
This is a great and necessary trade for the A's. They desperately want above everything else to avoid a wild card showdown with King Felix, and Lester puts them in a much better position to hold the division. Not that they necessarily got the "better" of the trade, but Lester's only two years older than Cespedes, and at this point he's a much greater known quantity.
Why would they dump Chavez (3.44 ERA) but keep Hammel (a punching bag for the past 4 starts)?
Cespedes-Bradley-Victorino has got to be the best throwing OF the Red Sox have had in recent memory.
Millone to Twins per Robothal.
Billy Beane is fun.
Milone for Fuld? Why did Milone go so cheaply?
Maybe mentioned above but Cespedes can't be given a qualifying offer at the end of his deal per his original agreement.
Never mind the Red Sox... What was the last MLB OF with a better trio of throwing arms?
58. I'm lost. How does Cespedes become FA eligible so soon? Is that something that changed in the latest CBA?
So I was just informed that Yoenis Cespedes’ contract requires him to be non-tendered after next year, so he’s not QO eligible. (...)So the Red Sox will not be able to get a compensation pick for him after next year, if he leaves as a free agent.
I'm lost. How does Cespedes become FA eligible so soon? Is that something that changed in the latest CBA?
Fuld? But we had him on the roster in April! We're giving up a cost-controlled league average pitcher for Fuld? That is poor.
I guess I'm the only one here who doesn't love this trade for the Red Sox.
Best OF arms ever?
I mean maybe Dave Cameron is wrong but he's saying that the original agreement between Oakland and Cespedes stipulated he could not be extended a QA at the end of his contract.
I thought they'd get more for Milone, but there aren't many guys who can play CF available.
I'm somewhat indifferent to it, but mostly because the trade removes Jon Lester from Boston and for rooting interest I'd preferred it not to have happened.
From Cherington's stated goal of trading to improve the team in 2015, I think this works very well. And it's more than just "We replaced 2 players who won't be here in 2015 with 1 player who will." Cespedes is a good player, even if he has peaked. And the 2015 team has a lot of options for pitching, but needs upgrades on offense.
Now, if we start from a premise that isn't focused on 2015, that's where a package of prospects would have been a nice return. I'm not sure what package of prospects would have been available, so it's hard to say whether it would have been better than Cespedes.
(FWIW, I do like the premise of trying to improve for 2015 in these deals. But I recognize that's not the only, nor necessarily the best, lens through which to view trades.)
Best OF arms ever?
Barfield, Steve Lake, Evans, Bo Jackson, Puig, Ankiel...
Kazmir hasn't pitched more than 158 innings since 2007, and is already around 125 this year and Chavez has already basically doubled his career high. I would have felt very uncomfortable going into the post-season with that much risk in the rotation as listed above.
There's no evidence any of that means anything, contrary to the voices in Tom Verducci's head.
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