David Price will be joining an already strong Tigers rotation. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Hours after the Oakland Athletics traded for Jon Lester, the Detroit Tigers countered by pulling off a three-team blockbuster that puts the last three AL Cy Young award winners in the same rotation. The Tigers are now set for October with a loaded rotation of Max Scherzer, David Price, Justin Verlander, and Aníbal Sánchez.

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Céspedes brings a powerful bat to Fenway Park...until he becomes a free agent after 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

If you weren’t sure how to react to the four trades made by the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, you certainly weren’t alone. Across social media and sports talk radio, opinions ranged from high praise for the acquisition of Cuban slugger Yoenis Céspedes to outrage over the lack of a long-term return for ace Jon Lester.

To recap the crazy day, the drama started with a blockbuster deal that sent both Lester and Jonny Gomes to Oakland in exchange for Céspedes. Then, the Sox agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals that traded John Lackey for outfielder Allen Craig and starting pitcher Joe Kelly. Finally, the team agreed to two smaller trades within the American League East, one which sent Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles for a pitching prospect, and the other — a rare swap with the New York Yankees that put Stephen Drew in pinstripes for Kelly Johnson.

Here’s a breakdown of the three key players acquired by the Red Sox, including their ages. Continue reading Flurry of trades leaves Red Sox in state of uncertainty »

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The Boston Red Sox have traded Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league, left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was a top 100 prospect, and ranked as one of the top five prospects in the Orioles minor league system before the start of 2014 season. He pitched this season at the Double-A level and has a 4.79 ERA and 3-7 over sixteen starts. He will benefit from the Red Sox player development program somewhere in the minor league system.

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Stephen Drew (Photo: Bill Kostroun)

Per ESPN Boston reporter Gordon Edes, Stephen Drew has been traded to the New York Yankees for 2B/utility player Kelly Johnson.

Interesting move. This almost certainly means that the Red Sox will move Xander Bogaerts back to shortstop for the remainder of the season and play Will Middlebrooks at third base. For Bogaerts, it seems as though management has owned up to their mistake of signing Drew and are ready to make Bogaerts the shortstop of the future. He’s going to make some mistakes in the field, but the Sox have some time to let him grow and develop in the position. Continue reading Red Sox Trade Stephen Drew to Yankees for Kelly Johnson »

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Less than a season after pitching in the World Series clincher against the Cardinals, John Lackey has been traded from the Red Sox to St. Louis at the trade deadline in exchange for Allen Craig. (Boston Globe)

The Boston Red Sox have traded John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for first baseman-outfielder Allen Craig and right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly.

The Cardinals will also receive minor league pitcher Corey Littrell and cash considerations.

Craig has been with the Cardinals since the beginning of his career in 2006, and plays both first base and in the outfield. Between Craig and Yoenis Cespedes, who was acquired in the Jon Lester trade with the Oakland Athletics, the Red Sox now have much better outfield options. Over the 97 games this season, Craig has been hitting .237/.291/.346, though he has the potential to consistently bat .300 based on previous years’ performances. He made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2010 and had All-Star game appearances in 2012 and 2013. Continue reading MLB Trade Deadline: Red Sox Trade John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for Allen Craig »

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Jon Lester (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It has been a whirlwind 24 hours with Jon Lester rumored to be going everywhere from Baltimore to Los Angeles. In the end, A’s GM Billy Beane was the most aggressive and was able to bring Jon Lester to Oakland. The additions of Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes make the Athletics, already a postseason contender, an immediate World Series favorite. Continue reading Done Deal: Lester and Gomes to Oakland for Cespedes »

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The Red Sox dealt a starting pitcher on Wednesday — no, not that one.

Boston traded lefty Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later. That player will be sent to the Red Sox after the Rule 5 Draft and is expected to be a low-level prospect.

Doubront has been pretty bad this season, accumulating a 6.04 ERA in 17 games (10 starts). Continue reading Red Sox Trade Felix Doubront to Chicago Cubs »

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