Red Sox: Aches and Pains
So I'm supposed to feel better because the inevitable has happened up at Fenway Park. No more suspense,no more wondering, no more holding on to a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, things would turn out different.
John Lester would remain a member of the Red Sox. Instead, he has been dealt to the Oakland A's for Yoenis Cespedes. A two time world series champion traded for a two time home run derby champion...I don't feel anybetter!
John Lester has thrown a no hitter, Yoenis Cespedes has back to back home run derby crowns...my throat hurts. Lester has averaged 15 wins in his 9 seasons with Boston and is having arguably his best all around
season as well as being one of the very few bright spots in a much less than stellar year for the defending
world series champions. Cespedes has, you guessed it, two home run derby championships. I have a headache! And if that was not enough,the Sox brass had to "sweeten" the pot by throwing in a great clubhouse presence in Jonny Gomes.What, one of the best starting pitchers was not enough? Obviously not if you take into consideration that the Red Sox picked up a portion of Lester's salary for the remainder of the season. I think I have a fever! Not of the Pennant variety, I may add.
This deal will only get worse for Sox fans. Lester, in my opinion, will get the A's over the hump and at least into this years world series. Look for him to take his talents in 2015 to a team other than the Red Sox. Probablyto the Bronx with a lengthy and lucrative contract. Cespedes has 1 year remaining on his 10.5 million dollar deal and will be 30 years of age in October 2015. Furthermore with the "new" philosophy with Boston's management, do we really believe that he will sign for more money and more years at that age? John Lester is 30!
Is it just me, or does anyone else feel as if the Sox are playing "Moneyball"?
Pardon me while I go vomit!
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