I figured I would get things started a bit earlier than usual on what is an annual tradition. Plus, we have a big deal. The Red Sox have sent Jon Lester and Gomes to Oakland for Cespedes and a competitive balance pick.
I think you evaluate this trade when you see where Lester ends up after the season. If he signs back in Boston, this is a great move by them. If he doesn’t, I don’t like this move much. Cespedes hits home runs, but he doesn’t get on base and his average leaves much to be desired. His defense is excellent, so there’s that, but his speed has disappeared. Plus, he is only signed through 2015, so they are getting a player they control for a long time. It’s not a terrible return for a guy who is an impending free agent, but I don’t understand why the Red Sox didn’t sign Lester to an extension. I also think Lester is much more likely to go somewhere else this offseason now. He won’t have the draft pick attached to him and he will get big, and I mean big, offers.
Now, if I were the Yankees, I would look at the rotation Oakland has put together and think twice about trying to win the World Series this year. Nothing is decided in July, but on paper that is a heck of a pitching staff.
More as news happens.
12:41pm- Jon Heyman reporting the Red Sox have traded John Lackey to the Cardinals for a “pitcher and a position player”.
12:44pm- Meanwhile, John Danks is warming up to make his start for Chicago. He had been a name mentioned in a lot of trade rumors.
12;49pm- Red Sox getting Joe Kelly and Allen Craig for Lackey
12:46pm- Joel Sherman points out the Red Sox have now traded three of the guys who started games in the 2013 World Series for them.
12:50pm- Craig is an interesting bet by Boston. He is hitting a lot more ground balls than he did before 2014, but his line drive rate is still good.
2:38pm- Reports are that the Rays are “close” to trading David Price. No word yet on where he is headed.
2:56pm- Jon Morosi reporting that trade of Andrew Miller to Detroit has “fallen apart”
3:03pm- Multiple sources say Miller is going to Baltimore.
3:11pm- Orioles sending Eduardo Rodriguez, a 22-year old lefty from AA to Boston.
3:15pm- To the shock of no one, Ken Rosenthal is reporting there is “no chance” the Yankees get David Price.
3:26pm- Yankees have claimed Esmil Rogers off of waivers and released Scott Sizemore. The pennant is ours!
3:29pm- I have to digress here, but the point of Moneyball wasn’t the idea that OBP is the secret to winning baseball, it was that OBP was incredibly undervalued by baseball people. The Moneyball guys realized that once everyone caught on, OBP would become overvalued and they moved on to other things. Right now, the “Moneyball” secret seems to be prospects. Teams are putting tremendous values on them. Anyway, back to the deadline.
3:33pm- Reports are David Price trade will be a three-team trade. No names or teams yet. Joel Sherman reports he will be traded and has heard Seattle and Detroit as possible teams.
3:36pm- Jason Stark reporting the Yankees are “out” on Marlon Byrd.
3:43pm- This is interesting, Gordon Edes is reporting that Steven Drew is headed to the Yankees. This would be the first trade between the clubs since Mike Stanley I believe. In that trade, the Yankees have up Tony Armas, Jr., a key piece in the Red Sox’s trade for Pedro.
3:44pm- Buster Olney confirming the report of Drew.
3:46pm- Can’t imagine the Yankees gave up anything of value for a guy hitting .176. Bigger question on Drew is where exactly is he going to play? Last I checked, the Yankees filled their hole at third and have a shortstop. So maybe second?
3:48pm- Rosenthal reports David Price is headed to Detroit.
3:50pm- Yankees send “top prospect” Kelly Johnson to Boston for Drew. Advice to Boston, ask him to leave his glove in New York.
3:51pm- This is almost like if DiMaggio had been traded for Williams!
3:54pm- In all seriousness, I don’t think Kelly Johnson can be traded as he is on the DL so I think the trade will be PTBNL for Drew. Either way, this is a salary dump by Boston as Johnson makes $3-million and Drew makes $10-million
3:55pm- Jon Heyman reporting Austin Jackson and Drew Smyly are in Price trade. Seattle is the third team, but who is going where is unclear.
3:57pm- Austin Jackson was in a game and had to be removed because of Price trade.
3:58pm- Ken Rosenthal reports Austin Jackson to Seattle, Nick Franklin to Tampa and Smyly to Tampa as well. Also, the Phillies will not be making a trade today.
4:03pm- So this probably means Max Scherzer and Jon Lester will be free agents after this season.
4:06pm- Buster Olney points out the last three AL Cy Young winners are now in the same rotation (Verlander, Price, Scherzer)
4:08pm- Jon Heyman says Seattle is only trading Nick Franklin to Tampa as part of the Price trade. The rest of the players are coming from Detroit.
4:11pm- Jack Curry reporting the Yankees have acquired Martin Prado from Arizona.
4:13pm- Heyman confirms Prado move. Have to figure this is the end of Brian Roberts.
4:16pm- Curious as to what the Yankees gave up for Prado. He is signed through 2016 at $11-million per.
4:19pm- Yankees reportedly trading Peter O’Brien for Prado. Not sure I like that, but need to think about it a bit.
4:22pm-Yankees are getting cash from Boston for the Drew trade.
4:26pm- So thinking a bit more about Prado. Besides 2014 position question, where does he play in 2015 and 2016?
4:29pm- I’m ok with the O’Brien trade. 33HR’s in A/AA this year, but reportedly huge holes in his swing. 20BB/106K’s this year confirm that.
So, I think that’s it. A more exciting trade deadline than last year that’s for sure. Andy will be sharing his thoughts on the Red Sox moves shortly and I will recap the Yankees’ moves tomorrow.
4:40pm- One last update, Mark Feinsand reports that Brian Roberts will be DFA’ed.