In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to CablesWyndBairn's comment:
I don't really understand the trade either. If Cespy was 24 and cost-controlled he'd be a nice trade piece. Instead he's pushing 30 and due to hit FA - and the Sox aren't going to overpay him based on potential because at some point his age and experience in the majors is going to dictate that "he is what he is" - a guy with some power and some holes in his swing.
He doesn't exactly profile what the Sox have usually looked for in a hitter, and he's probably looking to cash in at an age where the Sox aren't comfortable giving long-term contracts.
Best case scenario - he does well next year, loves Boston and is amenable to signing a 3-year deal with high AAV. (I doubt it.) Worst case, he does well and wants to test the market, which probably puts his asking price higher than what the Sox are willing to pay.
His low OBP makes me think he won't be here in 2016, so all we got for Lester was 1 year of Cespedes and the comp pick from the A's that cancelled out the comp pick we'd have gotten had we not traded him.
Basically, we traded 2 months of Lester in a lost season for 1.3 seasons of Cespedes (including 2 months in a lost season).
We could have done better.
I would have liked to see a better return (read: high level prospects), but none of us really know what was offered for Lester. So we do not know that we could have done better.
WE ARE ALL JUST POPPYSEEDS IN THE BAKERY OF LIFE
Yeah, I'm not really sure how you force other teams to "do better" when you're up against a deadline.