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Red Sox trade Lester to A's

Billy Beane may be going all-in this season. The A's have just acquired Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox, in exchange for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Lester joins a stellar A's rotation, recently bolstered by the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija, but will he be enough to bring Beane and the A's a coveted World Series title?

  • Which side got the better of the Jon Lester trade?

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  • Which trade will have a bigger impact in 2014?

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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  • Who was a bigger acquisition for the A's?

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  • How will Yoenis Cespedes fare with the Red Sox?

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  • Which team will Jon Lester be playing for next season?

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Tony La Russa in the Hall of Fame?

Three-time World Series champion manager Tony La Russa will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, albeit with some of the same criticisms and questions that surrounded the Hall of Fame campaign of his most prodigious player, Mark McGwire.

There is no debating that La Russa perfected the art of managing in leading three different teams to World Series titles (the A's in 1989, Cardinals in 2006 and 2011) while racking up 2,728 wins, the third-most all time. But 43 percent of those wins came via the likely chemically induced home run output of McGwire -- the same McGwire who has been denied entry into the Hall of Fame by voters who believe his accomplishments are tainted.

La Russa has said he believes steroid-tainted players should be in the Hall of Fame, but with an asterisk, and that managers should perhaps have the same fate. Do you agree?

Should the fact that Tony La Russa achieved 43 percent of his 2,728 wins as a manager with admitted steroid user Mark McGwire affect his Hall of Fame credentials negatively?

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  • Should Tony La Russa (2,728 wins as a manager, three-time World Series champion) be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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  • What do you make of Tony La Russa's suggestion that both proven and suspected steroid users be inducted into the Hall of Fame with an asterisk?

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  • Tony La Russa says "I know 100 percent that our program was absolutely clean for everything that we could control" in regard to his time managing the A's and Cardinals. Do you believe him?

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  • Have you ever been to the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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MLB second half predictions?

The MLB's second half is upon us, and only two teams have leads of more than 1.5 games in their respective divisions. In other words, this should get intense. Who will win all the divisions? The leagues? The World Series? Cast your votes below!

Which team will win the AL East?

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  • Which team will win the AL Central?

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  • Which team will win the AL West?

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  • Which team will win the NL East?

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  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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  • Which team will win the NL West?

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  • Which team will win the American League?

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  • Which team will win the National League?

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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Cespedes wins HR Derby

Yasiel Puig hit zero home runs. Giancarlo Stanton also posted a no-homer round. But when it all was over, the 2014 Home Run Derby went the same way as 2013: with Yoenis Cespedes the winner. The Oakland Athletics left fielder topped the Cincinnati Reds' Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round, and became the first back-to-back winner of the contest since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998 and 1999. The victory came under a new format, in which there were only seven outs, and the top hitter from each league got a bye into the finals, where they would face the winner of a playoff between the Nos. 2 and 3 hitters.

How many more home run derbies will Yoenis Cespedes win in his career?

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  • Is Yoenis Cespedes a legitimate MLB star?

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  • Whose zero-HR round was more disappointing?

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  • What do you make of the new Home Run Derby format?

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  • Would you want a player on your favorite team to participate in the Home Run Derby?

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  • Does participation in a home run derby negatively affect a player's swing?

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  • Which is the better competition?

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  • Who will win the American League home run race?

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  • Who will win the National League home run race?

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The lineups for the 2014 Home Run Derby have been set, with National League captain Troy Tulowitzki picking Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig, NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton and Rockies teammate Justin Morneau, while AL caption Jose Bautista selected defending derby champion Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Adam Jones and, in somewhat of a surprise move, second baseman Brian Dozier of the hometown Minnesota Twins. How would you rank these eight sluggers? Set your list below!

More: Your thoughts on All-Star Game rosters?

HR Derby Participants

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays
17 HR

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics
14 HR

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson

Athletics
20 HR

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

Twins
16 HR

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier

Reds
17 HR

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Orioles
16 HR

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

Rockies
13 HR

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers
12 HR

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins
21 HR

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies
20 HR

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