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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?

  • Which side got the better of the Jon Lester trade?

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  • Which trade will have a bigger impact in 2014?

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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  • Who was a bigger acquisition for the A's?

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  • How will Yoenis Cespedes fare with the Red Sox?

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  • Which team will Jon Lester be playing for next season?

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With the July 31 trade deadline looming and the Red Sox hopelessly out of contention, it??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, we??ll look at the 13 players most likely coming up in trade talks.

Trade Craig Breslow?

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  • Trade Felix Doubront?

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  • Trade Edward Mujica?

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  • Trade Andrew Miller?

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  • Trade Koji Uehara?

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  • Trade Clay Buchholz?

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  • Trade John Lackey?

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  • Trade Jon Lester?

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  • Trade Stephen Drew?

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  • Trade David Ross?

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  • Trade Mike Carp?

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  • Trade Jonny Gomes?

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  • Trade Will Middlebrooks?

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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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  • How will the Tigers fare in the postseason?

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  • How will the Red Sox fare in 2014?

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  • Which team will win the AL East?

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  • Outside the Tigers and A's, which team is the biggest threat to win the American League?

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  • Which of these teams is most for real?

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  • Which of these division winners from 2013 has been the biggest disappointment?

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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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?

How worried should Red Sox fans be about the team's 5-8 start?

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  • Which team will finish with the better record?

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  • Will the Red Sox and Yankees make the playoffs this year?

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  • Which team will win the AL East?

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  • Has the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry lost intensity?

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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?

  • How many more years does David Ortiz have as an elite DH?

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  • How will the Red Sox fare in 2014?

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  • Will David Ortiz play the rest of his career with the Red Sox?

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  • Who is the greatest designated hitter of all time?

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