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07/31/2014 03:28 PM

Jon Lester traded to Oakland by Peter Abraham USA Today Jon Lester, the most accomplished lefthanded pitcher in Red Sox history, has been traded to the Oakland Athletics along with Jonny Gomes. The Sox received Yoenis Cespedes and a draft pick in return. The trade, although anticipated for several days, is still shocking in that the Red Sox are taking the unusual step of dealing a healthy and productive ace pitcher. Lester, 30, leaves the Red Sox at the top of his game, having gone 10-7 with a 2.52 earned run average in 21 starts. His 149 strikeouts are sixth in the American League and he is fifth in ERA. Related Lester’s career highlights with Red Sox Lester joins an Oakland team that is in first place in the AL West. After helping lead the Red Sox to a World Series title, he has a chance to repeat that accomplishment. The Red Sox and A’s are not scheduled to play again this season. Cespedes, who turns 29 in October, is signed through the 2015 season. He was second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2012 but has seen his batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage drop since. Cespedes has 17 home runs this season (for comparison, all Red Sox outfielders have only 14), but is hitting .256 with a .303 on-base percentage. His numbers could improve at Fenway Park, a better environment for hitters than Oakland Coliseum. Gomes, a platoon outfielder, had a big impact on the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox but was hitting .234 with six home runs and 32 RBIs this season. He returns to Oakland, where he played in 2012. As part of the deal, the Red Sox also will receive Oakland’s “competitive balance” round B draft pick in 2015. That pick will come at the end of the second round. Lester will be a free agent after the season and said earlier this month that he would consider returning to the Red Sox. But the trade was seen throughout baseball as a sign the Red Sox were not willing to give Lester the kind of contract he was seeking and decided to generate some value by trading him now. There was division within the organization on the matter, with many lobbying to keep Lester, saying he was worth the risk of a long-term investment. Lester said in January he wanted to stay with the Red Sox and was willing to accept a hometown discount to make that happen. He repeated that idea at the start of spring training and expressed hope a deal could be struck before Opening Day But the Red Sox made what now looks to be an error in judgment by offering Lester four years and $70 million, a deal not close to the market rate for pitchers of his caliber. Lester and his agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, rejected that offer in March and the sides agreed to postpone negotiations until after the season. The Red Sox, cognizant of the kind of contract Lester was seeking, started trade discussions in recent weeks and by this week had multiple teams interested in Lester. Red Sox players, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia among them, were stunned on Tuesday when it became apparent Lester would be dealt. “Of course you want to keep Lester around and continue playing together. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game. No question about it,” Ortiz said. “I don’t know, man. It’s frustrating to see him going somewhere else. It’s just the situation that we’re facing right now.” Without Lester and Jake Peavy, who was traded to the San Francisco Giants last week, the last-place Red Sox will rely on a rotation headed by righthanders John Lackey and Clay Buchholz. Young starters Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, and Brandon Workman are in the rotation for the moment. They have 16 career wins. Lester was drafted by the Red Sox in 2002 out of Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Wash., and found immediate success in the minor leagues. He made his major league debut in 2006 before learning that summer he had been stricken with anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Lester was placed on disabled list in late August and underwent a series of treatments in Seattle. He was declared cancer-free in December and started the 2007 in the minor leagues. He returned to the majors in July and finished the year by winning the clinching game of the World Series. Lester was 110-63 over parts of nine seasons with the Red Sox. He is ninth in team history in wins, fourth in starts, and fourth in strikeouts with 1,386. Only Roger Clemens, Tim Wakefield and Pedro Martinez had more. Lester made the All-Star team three times, including this season, and was fourth in the Cy Young Award voting in 2010 when he finished 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA. He also was durable. From 2008 to 2013, Lester made 31 or more starts each season, joining Cy Young, Roger Clemens, and Luis Tiant as the only Red Sox pitchers to accomplish that over six consecutive seasons. Lester also threw at least 200 innings five times. Outside of the bout with cancer, Lester’s only stint on the disabled list was for a pulled lat muscle in 2011. He missed 18 days. Lester was the team’s Opening Day starter from 2011-14 and threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals on May 19, 2008 at Fenway Park. It was the first by a Red Sox lefty since Mel Parnell in 1956. It was in the postseason where Lester made his greatest impact on the franchise. He was 6-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 12 postseason games and helped the Red Sox to championships in 2007 and 2013. Lester was a colossus last fall, going 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in five postseason starts. He dominated the Cardinals in the World Series, allowing one earned over 15⅓ innings in two starts and striking out 15 with one walk. Lester won the pivotal game of the Series, beating the Cardinals in Game 5 in St. Louis to send the Red Sox back to Fenway Park with a 3-2 lead. Lester also made an impact off the field. He partnered with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation to form the NVRQT (“Never Quit”) Foundation. Lester has been a frequent visitor to patients the Dana-Farber Cancer Center and a supporter of The Jimmy Fund.

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07/31/2014 10:37 AM

The NFL Hall of Fame game features the Giants vs. Bills. Who are you taking and why?? Cole

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07/30/2014 04:20 PM

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07/29/2014 05:57 PM

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07/29/2014 01:59 PM

With their win in the 15th the Diamondbacks are now 13-0 all time in games that go at least 15 innings.....

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07/29/2014 11:03 AM

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07/28/2014 06:45 PM

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07/28/2014 06:44 PM

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07/29/2014 06:49 PM

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07/28/2014 05:40 PM

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07/28/2014 05:42 PM

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07/26/2014 01:51 PM

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07/25/2014 11:56 AM

Being from the Cleveland area, when he left us it was so easy to dislike him! Now I am finding it hard to love him again, LOL! I'm sure when he wins that 1st big game for us I will be right back on the bandwagon!! (CAVS FAN SINCE BIRTH)

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07/25/2014 09:21 AM

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07/30/2014 08:04 PM

Just curious if anyone bets on the NFL preseason games. If so I will post some tools to help with preseason games and info like... Depth chart links

I like to bet on the NFL preseason and think there is some good value to be found in some games. Agree or Disagree? Cole

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