This was a huge move that woke me up. In fact, the text woke me up telling me to check Twitter.
Yoenis Cespedes gets traded to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. WOW. The A’s rotation is stacked now. Pitching is their key to the small window of hope for the World Series title.
Lester is a free agent as season’s end, but this rental is a huge move. Getting Jonny Gomes back is also a really nice addition.
But losing Cespedes is a tough one to swallow since I am a huge fan of his. But this move is like the Billy Beane of old. Cespedes was going to be entering his final year of his contract next season. He wanted to stay, but the market probably said he wouldn’t stay. The idea was to do what Beane would do in the past and trade a star before he cost too much. This was it. But instead of prospects, Beane knows he needs stars now. This was that.
This trade means one thing: The window for this team is now.
All the chips were in when the A’s got Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel (who by the way, is stinking it up). It’s more serious now with the A’s stockpiling the starting pitching. I don’t think the team can duplicate any serious run next year. It is now. The A’s making all these moves (and taking away key pieces from other contenders) is the only way to approach it in this unfair market.
I give props to Billy Beane. He made the right move. I personally and saddened to see Cespedes gone, but this was something that had to be done. Pitching is the key for the A’s right now.
Gomes and Fuld to platoon in left field for the time being. That is if Coco Crisp is healthy. We’ll see.
I actually wasn’t a huge fan of Fuld when he was with the A’s the first time up. But maybe he’s better? I don’t know. I liked Milone but this had to happen. It was getting way too crowded.
Anyway, this is the team I cheer for. The window is now. This is what you do to win. I hope it works out.