A’s acquire Lester for Cespedes

Lester pitched in the 2014 MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland A’s acquired starting pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox on Thursday in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. In addition to Cespedes, the Red Sox will also acquire Oakland’s competitive balance draft pick.

Lester has been the subject of numerous trade rumors this month, as the Red Sox were looking to move the 30-year-old, who will be a free agent after this season. Lester has won two World Series in Boston and is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA this season.

The Red Sox offered Lester a four-year, $70 million contract extension this past spring, but he turned it out and tabled negotiations until after the season. Lester has publicly stated that he wants to remain in Boston, and would even be open to re-signing with the team even if he were to be traded.

Cespedes is hitting .256/.303/.464 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI in 101 games this year. The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion is currently in the third year of a four-year, $36 million contract, and will become a free agent following the 2015 season.