The Boston Red Sox were one of the busiest teams at the Major League Baseball trade deadline and if you weren't playing close attention you may not recognize the roster anymore. Gone are Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes,John Lackey, Stephen Drew and Andrew Miller. But let's take a look at what the Red Sox got in return. Here are the trades the Red Sox pulled off on Thursday in the order they went down.
To open the day of deals the Red Sox sent ace lefty Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland A's for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Lester is a free agent after the season so the Red Sox needed to trade him so that if he left in the offseason they would get more than just a draft pick. In Cespedes they got the outfield pop they had been missing. Fans will enjoy watching him pepper balls off and over the Green Monster.
The second deal on Thursday saw the Red Sox deal yet another starting pitcher, this time Lackey. He was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals along with prospect Corey Littrell for starter Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig. Craig had a great 2013 but has scuffled a bit in 2014. Boston hopes he rediscovers his swing because if he isn't hitting he just isn't very valuable.
Deal three of the afternoon had the Red Sox dealing with division rival the Baltimore Orioles. Coveted lefty reliever Miller was traded for the Orioles third best prospect Eduardo Rodriguez. It will be a while before we know if this is a steal for Boston as we wait to see if the young left-handed pitcher pans out.
Finally the Red Sox dealt with the hated New York Yankees sending Drew to the Bronx for Kelly Johnson. This is just a swap for one struggling infielder for another. Boston will be able to save a few dollars by making this trade.
After the trade dust settles the Red Sox got a pretty decent haul for the parts they traded away. They will need to remake the rotation before the 2015 season, but that will probably be easier then looking for impact bats in the offseason.