Starting pitcher Jon Lester has finally been traded amidst rumors that have hinted at him moving all week long headed into the trading deadline. The Oakland Athletics made a bold move in pursuing him to ensure they finally have what they need to make a serious push this season. While most will think Lester is just a “rental”, make no mistake about it; he’s the missing piece of the Athletics needed to make a run at a World Series championship. Solid starting pitching is what turns pretenders into contenders.
Lester has been the only bright spot so far this season for the Boston Red Sox in what many consider a disaster of a season. Currently at 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA and 149 SOs, Lester will make an immediate impact with the Athletics to ensure his new team knows what kind of aggression he brings to the table. Many speculated that the Red Sox would move him, because it’s pretty safe to say they won’t be having any magical season this time around.
On the outside looking in, the Red Sox were smart to deal their ace to acquire some much-needed talent to help the team turn things around in the future. The Red Sox acquired star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in exchange for Lester as well as Jonny Gomes. Cespedes will bring a hot bat to the Red Sox as well as some excellent defensive skills they have sorely needed all season long.
In the end, both sides came out as winners and now Lester can focus on playing baseball. He can finally sleep easy at night knowing all of this is over and can look forward to winning another championship — this time, in an Athletics uniform.