The Boston Red Sox are the Los Angeles Dodgers of the American League. Continuing to alter their roster, Boston has agreed to trade Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for starting pitcher Rick Porcello. So the Red Sox traded Jon Lester, for Rick Porcello...they are having an interesting offseason.
Cespedes (29) joins Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and Ian Kinsler in the Tigers lineup. That is just unfair! He has hit 20 home runs in 3 straight seasons, and drove in 100 runs last year between the Oakland Athletics and Red Sox. He hit .260 and his career average is .263. He is a career .300 hitter in 30 ABs at Comerica Park in Detroit.
The addition of Hanley Ramirez this offseason has added to a log jam in the Red Sox outfield. With Cespedes gone, Ramirez will be the everyday LF, Rusney Castillo in CF and Shane Victorino in RF. They then will have Allen Craig, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley and Daniel Nava to fill out the bench. I guess we should expect more moves before Spring Training!
Porcello joins Wade Miley as newly acquired pitchers by the Red Sox, expected to lead the Red Sox to an American League East Division Championship. He will turn 26 before the season starts and owns a 4.30 ERA for his career over 180 starts. Only Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, CC Sabathia, Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden have started more games by their 25th birthday since 1980.
Should the Tigers not be able to re-sign Max Scherzer, their starting pitching staff is now David Price, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Shane Greene (acquired in 3 team deal). Not quite sure who their 5th starter would be, if he is even on the team yet.
Righty Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier are heading to Detroit - @AlexSpeier