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Lester goes to A's and other trade thoughts

Lester goes to A's and other trade thoughts

The big trade deadline shoe dropped early Thursday morning, and it landed in an unexpected place for an unexpected value.

The Boston Red Sox dealt their ace and pending free agent left-hander Jon Lester as well as outfielder Jonny Gomes and some cash to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive balance draft pick in 2014.

The first thought: Wow.

The second thought is that the Athletics, who have baseball’s best record and had already added starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel this summer, are without a doubt the favorite to represent the American League in the World Series.

That said, Cespedes was a big part of Oakland's offense --...