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O/T: Sox trade Lester, Gomes to A's for Cespedes

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Posted: 7/31/2014 9:49 AM

O/T: Sox trade Lester, Gomes to A's for Cespedes 


Rumor out there that it might be Lester and Gomes for Cespedes(!).

Last edited 7/31/2014 9:52 AM by NYMethuselah

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Posted: 7/31/2014 9:50 AM

Re: O/T: Red Sox trade Lester to Oakland 


Alex Speier @ alexspeier 3m

Trying to confirm, but hearing Lester and Gomes might be moving for Cespedes

Confirmed.


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Posted: 7/31/2014 9:52 AM

Re: O/T: Sox trade Lester, Gomes to A's for Cespedes 


Wow.. Beane with some ballsy moves. Really surprised he'd move Cespedes though. That's crazy.
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Posted: 7/31/2014 9:53 AM

Re: O/T: Sox trade Lester, Gomes to A's for Cespedes 


Cespedes was rumored to be available last winter, but I'm shocked that they moved him for a rental.

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Posted: 7/31/2014 9:55 AM

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The A's rotation is going to be bananas:

Gray
Samardzija
Kazmir
Lester
Hammels

I'm sure they can replace Cespedes with a platoon or something.
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Posted: 7/31/2014 9:58 AM

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dondada10 wrote: The A's rotation is going to be bananas:

Gray
Samardzija
Kazmir
Lester
Hammels

I'm sure they can replace Cespedes with a platoon or something.
We'll give them C.Young to replace Cespedes for airfare to Miami for a scout to see Rodney Castillo. biggrin

Oh wait, the workout was last week.
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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:01 AM

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Boston apparently got the A's competitive balance pick (Comp B round) as well; Oakland gets cash.  Love the deal for Boston (though Cespedes is a FA after 2015; rather have my walk year in Fenway rather than Oakland if I'm a power hitter).  Also love that Oakland is going for it.  Gonna be hard to beat that rotation in a short series.

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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:04 AM

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NYMethuselah wrote: Boston apparently got the A's competitive balance pick (Comp B round) as well; Oakland gets cash.  Love the deal for Boston (though Cespedes is a FA after 2015; rather have my walk year in Fenway rather than Oakland if I'm a power hitter).  Also love that Oakland is going for it.  Gonna be hard to beat that rotation in a short series.

Yeah, I was trying to recall when Cespedes' deal was up.  If he's only signed through 2015, Oakland didn't really lose as much here, because zero chance they were going to sign him to an extension or a re-up.
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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:06 AM

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Beane also placing a high premium on pitching with this move, which seems to be consistent with the Alderson mold as well.
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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:13 AM

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Big move for the Beane Man ... somewhat surprised he moved Cespedes (not just based on his talent, but his name-recognition.) This move kind of reminds me when Seattle traded Jose Cruz, Jr. in mid-season way back (scary to think how long ago that was.) Everyone thought Seattle was nuts for doing it, but the M's FO clearly saw a flaw that no-one else had caught on to yet (I forgot what it was exactly, but I think he couldn't hit any type of curve) and dumped him before the league caught on (which they did.)

Of course, another FO believed there was a flaw with another young player named Kazmir and we know how that played out.

RIP WIC 2005-2008

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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:16 AM

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Wow.

They are all in....risky move trading away Cespedes
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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:26 AM

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I hate the deal from Oak's perspective.   You just traded Addison Russell in part to get Jason Hammel and now you have rendered Hammel irrelevant for the post season.  I know he has been hit hard but if you believe in the guy you can weather 3-4 bad starts.

How many assets are you going to blow through to bolster your SP? 

You gave up Cespedes and Russell to get Lester, Smaradzja and Hammel and none of them will be on your team in 2 years and your SP was already good.

Oak wont get a compensatory pick for Lester because they cant offer him the QO.   They als wont get that next yr when Cespedes hits FA.

Imagine if Oak loses the division and gets bounced in the Wild card game?

Cant wait to see them banking on former reclamation projects Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss when they need a hit in a big spot.
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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:27 AM

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Big Boy trade for both teams.

Beane moving all chips into the center of the table.
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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:32 AM

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Makes me wonder if we could have worked out a deal for Cespedes.
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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:33 AM

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Great deal for Boston.  They have now Cespedes until 2015 (and they have the money to sign him again) and Lester could be back in Boston in a few months
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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:35 AM

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Big Boy trade for both teams.

Beane moving all chips into the center of the table.

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I like it from a fans perspective

Likely A's v Tigers series will be a great one.
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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:36 AM

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Oakland could still flip Millone/Hammel/Chavez.  Probably wouldn't land them a Cespedes-level bat, but could they flip a guy like Millone (maybe with a prospect) for Byrd?

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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:47 AM

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exactly, who's to say they dont flip hammel, milone, pomeranz, chavez now. This sets up another trade imo.

i love cespedes but check the stats .305 obp over last 900+ abs. very streaky. i wish A's got a prospect ouit of this though. What if A's sign this other cuban OF castillo, who knows
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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:51 AM

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FIFAstar79 wrote: Makes me wonder if we could have worked out a deal for Cespedes.


we have nothing close to approaching Jon Lester to get Cespedes.

what do you suggest we could have traded to them for Cespedes, given they are in all-in mode for this year?
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Posted: 7/31/2014 10:55 AM

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Millone just got traded to Minnesota, per Rosenthal. 

 

Willingham?


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