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Final full trade: Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes and $ to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes and the second pick in the competitive balance Comp B round.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014
Earlier this month the A's also acquired pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Cubs, whom many considered one of the best pitchers available at the time. Oakland also received pitcher Jason Hammel in that deal.
In exchange, the Red Sox get the right-handed hitting Cespedes, who averaged 25 home runs in his first two seasons since defecting from Cuba. He will likely thrive in his move from one of the more spacious stadiums in baseball to hitting balls off of the Green Monster at tiny Fenway Park.
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