The Boston Red Sox ended up landing quite the haul for Jon Lester on Thursday morning, striking a blockbuster deal with the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Céspedes.
The deal sent shock waves through Boston, as Lester, Jonny Gomes and cash were dealt to Oakland for Céspedes and a competitive-balance draft pick.
Céspedes, a 28-year-old outfielder, is hitting .256 with 17 homers, 67 RBIs and a .767 OPS this season. He hit .240 with 26 home runs in 2013 and .292 with 23 home runs in 2012.
With the move, it’s clear that the Red Sox plan on contending for another World Series title as early as 2015, electing to trade Lester for major league talent rather than prospects.
Céspedes has a sensational arm and unbelievable power, which he’s put on display since joining the A’s three years ago. Some of his best highlights include winning the Home Run Derby twice and throwing out runners from the warning track.