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 »