The Oakland Athletics already were the best team in baseball. They’re now even better.
The A’s first major splash actually occurred in early July, when Oakland acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs. The deal cost the A’s two top prospects, but the move obviously improved Oakland’s rotation drastically.
The Athletics’ most significant splash came Thursday, though, when the team acquired left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. While Oakland could miss Cespedes’ bat to some extent, Lester — a big-game pitcher at his peak — represents a perfect pickup for a team with World Series aspirations.