Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Oakland Athletics have traded slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for ace pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes before Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.
Aside from Cespedes, the Red Sox will also get Oakland’s competitive balance draft pick while the Athletics received cash considerations in the trade, which bolsters Boston’s historically weak outfield defense.
The trade marks the end of Lester’s storied stint with the Red Sox, who won two World Series championships with the left-hander in their rotation.
Lester, who is scheduled to become a free agent after this season, had publicly stated his desire to remain with the Red Sox despite the trade.
Before the Lester trade happened, the Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld.
Lester was the third starting pitcher acquired this month by the Athletics, who surrendered two prospects to the Chicago Cubs on July 5 in a trade for All-Star Jeff Samardzija and veteran right-hander Jason Hammel.
In Lester, Oakland is adding a pitcher with a glittering postseason resume, including a 0.43 career ERA in the World Series.
Milone went 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts this season but has spent most of this past month in the minors.
Fuld appeared in seven games earlier this season with Oakland before being claimed off waivers by Minnesota, where he batted .274 with 12 stolen bases.
The 27-year-old Milone has been a solid starter over the past two-plus seasons in Oakland, going 32-22 with a 3.84 ERA in 73 starts.
The Red Sox, for their part, made another multiplayer deal later Thursday, sending veteran starter John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Allen Craig and right-hander Joe Kelly.