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Trade for Jon Lester shows Oakland A's are all in this season
Trade for Jon Lester shows Oakland A's are all in this season

If reports are true that the Oakland Athletics have made their second blockbuster deal of the summer and sent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, then there’s really only one way to look at the situation: A’s president Billy Beane has decided that it’s now or never. He’s already traded for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, so this deal will complete an overhaul of his starting rotation during a season in which the A’s already had one of the most effective pitching staffs in the game. The Lester deal certainly improves Oakland’s chances of outlasting the Los Angeles Angels in the American...

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