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Red Sox trade Lester to Oakland

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Courtesy: Associated Press Courtesy: Associated Press

On the day of Major League Baseball's trade deadline, the Boston Red Sox traded pitcher Jon Lester, as well as outfielder Jonny Gomes, to the Oakland Athletics.

In return, Boston receives the reigning two-time Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes.

According to the Associated Press, the Athletics beat out several teams for Lester's services, including the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In a season where the Red Sox have struggled, Lester has been a bright spot in Boston, going 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA in 21 starts.

As the ace of the pitching staff, the 30-year-old led the team to two World Series championships.

Lester previously stated he would like to stay in Boston, but ESPN reported that contract talks stalled between the two sides after the left-hander turned down a four-year, $70 million offer this past offseason.

Lester is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of this season.

Cespedes is in the third season of a $36 million, four-year contract he signed before 2012.

The outfielder currently has 17 home runs and 56 RBIs this season.

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