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A's get Lester for Cespedes
(L-R) Yoenis Cespedes and Jon Lester
Jon Lester had a 10-7 record with a 2.52 ERA in 21 outings this season for Boston.
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics swung a deal to bolster an already stacked rotation, acquiring Boston lefty Jon Lester hours before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.

The AL West leaders also got outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash from the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Boston also received Oakland's 2015 competitive balance draft pick.

After already acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs this summer, the A's continued to strengthen their pitching staff with the addition of Lester.

Lester, 30, was pulled from his scheduled start on Wednesday amid the swirling trade talks. He had a 10-7 record with a 2.52 ERA in 21 outings this season.  Full Story

A's across the board for Billy Beane
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Well so much for a slow deadline day.

The Oakland Athletics further cemented their status as the best team in baseball on Thursday, as they picked up left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from Boston for slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Wow.

We all knew Lester was being shopped, but if you thought Oakland would be the team doing the buying, you my friend were in the minority. Especially since the A's had already seemingly addressed the rotation with the acquisitions of both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from Chicago at the beginning of July.  Full Story

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