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Red Sox trade Lester to A's
Billy Beane may be going all-in this season. The A's have just acquired Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox, in exchange for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Lester joins a stellar A's rotation, recently bolstered by the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija, but will he be enough to bring Beane and the A's a coveted World Series title?
With the July 31 trade deadline looming and the Red Sox hopelessly out of contention, itâ??s going to be an interesting few days on Yawkey Way.
The Red Sox should be open to dealing anyone for the right return at this point, outside of David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts. But for the sake of brevity, weâ??ll look at the 13 players most likely coming up in trade talks.
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Hot Tigers sweep Red Sox
We're one-fourth of the way through the MLB regular season, give or take, and very few teams have asserted themselves dramatically. One that has: the Detroit Tigers, who moved to 27-12 after completing a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The scary part? Two-time defending American League MVP Miguel Cabrera is only just now heating up, meaning the best could yet be in store for the runaway AL Central leaders. What is the future for Detroit? What to make of the defending-champion Boston Red Sox (20-23)? And what of MLB's other surprises?
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Reason for Red Sox to worry?
With a 3-2 victory Sunday night, the New York Yankees sealed a series win against the Boston Red Sox, taking three of four. This moved the Yankees into a tie for first atop the AL East (7-6), and pushed the Sox farther into last at 5-8. Now, it's early. Very early. But is it too early to start drawing conclusions about defending-champion Boston?
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David Ortiz gets extension
Looks like the marriage between David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox will last at least two more years. According to a league source, the two sides agreed to add another year to Ortiz's contract, keeping him on board through 2015. How many years does Ortiz have left as an elite designated hitter? Is he the best of all time?