Thursday marked the annual MLB non-waiver trade deadline, where teams can trade players without them having to go through waivers. If you woke up expecting a low, uninteresting trade day, I think you were shocked and pleasantly surprised at what had happened by 4 P.M. Eastern time. Contenders had stocked up on arms they so desperately needed (or in some cases added to their stocked artillery).
The morning started off with a blockbuster deal between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A's. The Red Sox sent hurler Jon Lester and infielder Jonny Gomes to the A's for stud outfielder (and back to back Home Run Derby champion) Yoenis Cespedes. Lester, with the recently acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, shore up one of baseball's already best rotations. If you think the Red Sox got nothing in return, you don't know Yoenis. A pull power hitter who will fit in well with the small dimensions of Fenway Park. And have I mentioned his arm? One of the most lethal in the game, and I don't mean pitching. Yoenis can throw out runners with the best of them, and he did his work in spacious O.co Coliseum... imagine that in Fenway.