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7/26: SP Jake Peavy, cash traded to San Francisco Giants for SP Edwin Escobar, RP Heath Hembree
7/30: SP Felix Doubront traded to Chicago Cubs for PTBNL
7/31: SP Jon Lester, OF Jonny Gomes, cash traded to Oakland Athletics for OF Yoenis Cespedes, comp-balance pick
7/31: SP John Lackey traded to St. Louis Cardinals for RF Allen Craig, SP Joe Kelly
7/31: RP Andrew Miller traded to Baltimore Orioles for SP Eduardo Rodriguez
7/31: SS Stephen Drew traded to New York Yankees for IF Kelly Johnson
Can you say fire sale?
It was certainly a busy trade deadline for the Boston Red Sox, as they had the most talked-about chip on the market in ace Jon Lester. He was far from the only piece moved, though.
Lester was shipped to the Oakland A's for All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who is under contract through the end of next season.
There's a very real possibility that the Red Sox lock up Cespedes long term and find a way to bring Lester back this winter, and if that happens, this deal would be an absolute slam dunk.
The team also did nice job moving Jake Peavy, who was not having a great season, for a pair of promising young arms in Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.
Escobar has scuffled a bit making the jump to Triple-A this year, but he's still just 22 years old and a year removed from going 8-8 with a 2.80 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 128.2 innings. Hembree was once viewed as the Giants' closer of the future, and he should be able to help in the bullpen soon.
Boston's asking price on reliever Andrew Miller was high from the start, and the Sox didn't back down from their request of a top prospect. In the end they got one, landing 21-year-old left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez from the Baltimore Orioles.
It was clear that Felix Doubront needed a change of scenery, and he had become a distraction of sorts, so moving him was a wise move as well.
All of this wheeling and dealing puts the Red Sox in a fairly good position moving forward, but as far as the rest of 2014 is concerned, expect to see a lot of young arms taking the hill in Boston.
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