BOSTON -- So, the Oakland Athletics receive help on the mound with Jon Lester and reintroduce Jonny Gomes to their clubhouse. The Red Sox acquire a power-hitting outfielder in Yoenis Cespedes, who will keep local windshield repair companies in business.
Fans know of Cespedes’ power and strength, but here are a few other things to know about the newest member of the Red Sox:
• His name is pronounced yo-EHN-ess SES-peh-des.
• He’s 28.
• He’s in Year 3 of a four-year contract worth $36 million, and the Red Sox will owe him $10.5 million next season. He will become a free agent after the 2015 season.
• He was named to his first All-Star team this season.
• He's a two-time Home Run Derby champion (2013-14), joining Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) as the only players to win back-to-back derbies.
• He has 12 outfield assists, which is tied for the most in the majors by an outfielder.
• He has 66 home runs and 229 RBIs, along with a slash line of .262/.318/.470/.788 in 365 games for Oakland.
• This season, he is hitting .256 with 17 home runs in 101 games.
• The Sox didn't exactly get Cespedes while he's hot. His slash line in July: .198/.221/.352/.573.
• The A’s are 63-35 with Cespedes in the starting lineup and 3-6 when he doesn’t start.
The Red Sox have scouted Cespedes since he first came on the scene as a Cuban prospect in 2011. In fact, general manager Ben Cherington saw Cespedes first-hand during a workout for the Red Sox in fall 2011 in the Dominican Republic. Even though the Red Sox were involved in the sweepstakes to land the power outfielder, the A’s eventually signed him.
Cherington called him “an intriguing talent” at the time. Not only can he hit, he also possesses incredible arm strength and accuracy from the outfield.