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Red Sox trade Lester to A's for Cespedes, Lackey to Cards; A's Series favorites

Boston is wheeling and dealing at the trade deadline
Boston is wheeling and dealing at the trade deadline
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The Red Sox are wheeling and dealing at the MLB Trade deadline. Jon Lester has been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes and John Lackey has been shipped off to St. Louis for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig. While most Boston Red Sox fans must be scratching their heads after trading away their two best starters, they have received some great everyday players in return.

According to MLB.com on July 31 after trading away left-hander Jon Lester to Oakland for Cespedes, the Red Sox followed up that deal by sending fellow starter John Lackey to the Cardinals. In return the Red Sox will receive right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig and will reportedly send a Minor Leaguer to St. Louis.

If you would have said back in April that the defending World Series Champions would trade Lester and Lackey at the July trade deadline, most sports books and fans would have thought you were crazy!

After a terrible start in 2014, it looks like the Bosox have decided to switch gears a bit. However if you are a Sox fan don't be too disappointed just yet. You actually got some very good players in return.

Yoenis Cespedes is a flat out beast in left-field. This guy can hit for power and has a cannon for an arm. Add to that Allen Craig is a solid fielder and a career .300 hitter and the Red Sox may have actually got the better of the deals overall.

Many experts believe the Oakland A's are now the clear cut World Series favorites ahead of the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. Back on July 14 the A's were listed at 5/1 followed by Detroit and the Dodgers at 6/1 followed by the Angels at 9/1 and St. Louis at 10/1. Now the A's are listed at 3.5/1 or 4/1 depending at what sports book you check.

Adding Lester is big for Oakland, but losing a key everyday All-Star player to get him is a big risk. Obviously Oakland is thinking World Series title or bust this season.

Who do you think did better in the Lester trade? Oakland or Boston?