There is no denying that the Oakland Athletics are the clear favorites to win the 2014 World Series after they acquired ace Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox. However, the deal is only good if the Athletics win it all, which is definitely why they have gone all in this year. As far as the Red Sox are concerned, one cannot help but admit that they are the winners in the trade, especially since they got the very talented Yoenis Cespedes in the deal.
The 28-year-old is batting .256 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI in 399 at-bats this season. Even though he is a career .262 hitter, he has averaged 22 home runs per season in the two and a half years he has been in the big leagues. It is that decent power that Oakland will miss the most.
The Red Sox will have Cespedes under control through the 2015 season, after which he will become a free agent. Since Oakland would not have been able to sign him to a multi-year deal, it makes sense why they would get rid of him in the trade. However, the Red Sox will have the necessary funds to lock up Cespedes if they feel he will be worth it.
Lester had previously stated that he plans to re-sign with Boston even if the organization dealt him at the trade deadline. It is that reason alone that makes the Red Sox winners in the trade. Even though Lester could sign with another team, the fact that it looks like Boston essentially dealt Gomes for Cespedes proves they have the best chance to come out ahead in the trade. Of course, if the Athletics win the World Series, Lester doesn’t re-sign with the Red Sox and Cespedes leaves in free agency, Boston will fall flat.