The Red Sox just completed one of the busiest trade deadlines in their history, as they made five major deals that sent six key players off their roster and onto other teams, including the trade last week that sent Jake Peavy to San Francisco. In return, the Red Sox got a mix of proven stars and young players looking to make it in the bigs. Here’s a look at the new faces on the Red Sox after the dust has settled from the trade deadline. Next
The Sox acquired the 28-year-old outfielder in the deal that sent Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Oakland A’s. Cespedes is a three-year MLB veteran, playing 365 games with Oakland since signing with them after defecting from Cuba. He has a career MLB average of .262, hitting 66 home runs and 229 RBIs. This season, he has hit .256 with 17 homers and 17 RBIs in 101 games.
In addition to his regular season stats, Cespedes has 10 games of postseason experience and has hit .350 with a homer and six RBIs. He has also won back-to-back Home Run Derbys, becoming the first player to do so since Ken Griffey Jr. did it in 1998 and 1999.
The Red Sox also received a 2015 competitive balance draft pick from the A’s in the Cespedes deal. Next
The Red Sox received the 2013 All-Star from the Cardinals along with Joe Kelly in exchange for John Lackey. Craig has 469 games of major league experience with St. Louis, hitting .291 with 57 homers and 291 RBIs. He’s having a down year in 2014, hitting just .237 with seven homers and 44 RBIs in 97 games.
He won a World Series ring in 2011 and played for the Cardinals in last year’s Fall Classic against the Red Sox. Craig was the player who scored the game-winning run on the infamous “obstruction” call against Will Middlebrooks in Game 3 of the World Series. Next
Kelly will join a Red Sox rotation that has just one remaining starter from the Opening Day roster – Clay Buchholz. Kelly made 68 appearances for the Cardinals over the past three seasons, 38 of them as a starter. He’s 17-14 in his career with a 3.25 ERA; in seven starts for the Cardinals this year, he went 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA.
Kelly was in the Cardinals’ rotation in the 2013 postseason, starting four games and totaling an ERA of 4.15. He started Game 3 of the World Series against the Red Sox, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on two hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Next
Kelly Johnson was acquired by the Red Sox in exchange for sending Stephen Drew to the Yankees. Johnson first broke into the big leagues with the Atlanta Braves back in 2005, but has played in the AL East for the past four years as a member of the Blue Jays, Rays, and Yankees. He has totaled 1,128 games in his big league career, hitting .251 with 130 homers and 464 RBIs.
This season, Johnson played 77 games with the Yankees, hitting six home runs and 22 RBIs. He is currently on the DL with a groin injury. Next
Rodriguez is a pitching prospect that the Sox received from the Orioles in the trade that sent Andrew Miller to Baltimore. The 21-year-old lefthander was signed by the Orioles as a non-drafted free agent in 2010; he was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Orioles system going into this season by MLB.com and Baseball America.
Rodriguez has spent this season with the Double-A Bowie Baysox, going 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA in 16 starts. Next
Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree
The Sox acquired Escobar (pictured) back on July 26 along with Heath Hembree from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Jake Peavy. Before joining the Sox organization, the 22-year-old lefthander had started 20 games for Triple-A Fresno, going 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA. He was assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket after he came over from the Giants. In his PawSox debut on July 31, Escobar pitched six innings and allowed just one run on five hits with walking one and striking out five.
Hembree, a 25-year-old righthanded reliever, also played for Triple-A Fresno before being acquired by the Red Sox. He was 1-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 41 relief appearances for Fresno before the trade. Hembree made his PawSox debut on July 30, allowing no runs and one hit with a walk and two strikeouts, earning the save in a 3-2 PawSox win. Back to the beginning
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