In what could go down as one of the biggest blockbuster trades in baseball history, lefty ace Jon Lester and outfielder Johnny Gomes were sent from the Boston Red Sox to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. It could pay off for both sides immediately, especially the Red Sox lineup.
Cespedes will give the struggling Red Sox lineup a much-needed right-handed power hitter and someone who can hit behind designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz has only had two seasons in which he did not hit at least 25 home runs since arriving in Boston in 2003. This year, he already hit that total, and with Cespedes now hitting behind him, he will only get better.
Ortiz was often walked when there were runners in scoring position in a tight game, but with the threat of Cespedes hitting behind him, that game plan will change quickly. Pitchers will now come after Ortiz, but of course be careful about it. They will not give him a free pass with the threat of Cespedes on deck and him being able to use the green monster in Fenway Park to his advantage.
Cespedes of course can learn a lot from the veteran, especially hitting behind him and watching every at-bat of Ortiz from the on-deck circle. He can see how Ortiz goes about every at-bat; after all, whatever Ortiz does works for him. He is often referred to as the hero for the Red Sox and one of the best clutch hitters the game of baseball has ever seen.
The two have been known for being friendly with one another, and being teammates should only help strengthen their friendship. It will also only help Ortiz continue to put up big numbers as well as help Cespedes continue to grow as a power hitter. Together, they can do a lot of damage and could make the rest of 2014 and all of 2015 a lot of fun to watch. It might even remind fans of the Red Sox 10 years ago with Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hitting back-to-back.