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Sleeping with the enemy: Red Sox send Stephen Drew to Yankees for Kelly Johnson

07.31.14 at 3:55 pm ET
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According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox have traded shortstop Stephen Drew to the Yankees in exchange for Kelly Johnson. The deal is most stunning for the participants — the Red Sox and Yankees hadn’t consummated a trade since 1997, when the team acquired Tony Armas Jr. in exchange for Mike Stanley — with Armas, a pitcher, getting dealt that offseason to the Montreal Expos as the second piece in a deal for Pedro Martinez.

Johnson, 32, is hitting .219/.304/.373 in 77 games this year while playing first, second, third and both outfield corners. He is playing on a one-year, $3 million deal.

Drew, playing on a prorated one-year, $14.1 million deal, is hitting .176/.255/.328 in 39 games, and has seen a considerable offensive upswing in his last 14 games, hitting .255/.386/.489.

The departure of Drew will clear the way for the Sox to have Xander Bogaerts play shortstop and to have Will Middlebrooks play third base.

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Red Sox send LHP Andrew Miller to Orioles for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, stockpile potential rotation members and trade chips

07.31.14 at 3:26 pm ET
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According to an industry source, the Red Sox have sent left-handed reliever Andrew Miller to the Orioles in exchange for left-handed starting prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, 21, is viewed as perhaps the Orioles’ fourth-best pitching prospect, behind largely untouchable young starters Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey. The 21-year-old out of Venezuela was rated by Baseball America as the No. 65 overall prospect in the game and the No. 3 Orioles prospect entering the year. He struggled this year in Double-A Bowie, going 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA with 7.5 strikeouts and 3.2 walks per nine innings in 82 2/3 frames, but Baseball America described the 6-foot-2 southpaw as a pitcher who sits at 92-93 mph and can touch 95 mph with a slider and changeup that give him a back-end starter projection.

He contributes to the Sox’ massive stockpiling of young starting pitching prospects in the upper minors and big leagues. The Sox now have:

Rubby De La Rosa (majors)

Allen Webster (majors)

Brandon Workman (majors)

Anthony Ranaudo (Triple-A, but likely to be called up by Friday)

Matt Barnes (Triple-A)

Steven Wright (Triple-A)

Eduardo Escobar (Triple-A)

Henry Owens (top pitching prospect, now in Double-A)

Brian Johnson (Double-A)

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Trade deadline roundup: David Price reportedly likely to be traded

07.31.14 at 2:46 pm ET
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The domino effect following the Jon Lester trade is in full force. David Price will be traded before the trade deadline, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. There are multiple teams that are in on Price. The Tigers are interested in the lefty’s services, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

The Dodgers are in talks with the Rays and are willing to part with top prospect Joc Pederson, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Peter Gammons, however, reports that the Dodgers are not in on Price.

Among the other teams said to be interested in Price are the Pirates and Mariners.

– The Reds are dangling Mat Latos in trades, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.

–The Brewers acquired Gerardo Parra for minor leaguers Mitch Haninger and Anthony Banda. John Gambadoro of KTAR first reported the trade.

– The Athletics reportedly are getting numerous calls on Jason Hammel following the Lester trade.

The Mariners acquired Chris Denorfia from the Padres, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

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Trade deadline roundup: Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller reportedly garnering a lot of interest

07.31.14 at 1:24 pm ET
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Now that Jon Lester and John Lackey have been dealt, all eyes turn to what the Red Sox are going to do with lefty reliever Andrew Miller.

Miller is garnering a lot of interest, according to multiple reports. The Red Sox are being swarmed with offers, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted. The Orioles are interested, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Tigers have strong interest in Miller to bolster their bullpen for the playoffs, according to Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM/670 The Score.

The impending free agent has been one of the most reliable arms out of the Red Sox bullpen in 2014, posting a 2.34 ERA with 14.7 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.

Alex Rios trade talks reportedly are starting to intensify. The Royals, Giants and Mariners are all in the mix for the Rangers outfielder’s services, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

– The Dodgers are said to be going hard after Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit.

–The Royals and Braves reportedly are in the lead to land Chris Denorfia of the Padres. The Mariners also are said to be interested in Denorfia if they cannot acquire Rios from the Rangers.

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Red Sox confirm Jon Lester trade

07.31.14 at 12:57 pm ET
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The Red Sox sent out a press release shortly after noontime Thursday confirming that they have traded Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes and a draft pick (as first reported by WEEI’s Alex Speier). The Red Sox also are sending cash to Oakland.

Following is the team’s release.

The Boston Red Sox today acquired outfielder Yoenis Céspedes and a 2015 competitive balance draft pick from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jon Lester, outfielder Jonny Gomes, and cash considerations. Both Céspedes and Lester were All-Stars in 2014.

Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.

Céspedes, who will wear No. 52 for the Red Sox, is batting .256 (102-for-399) with 26 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs, 67 RBI, and 28 walks in 101 games this year, his first All-Star season.  Among American League leaders, the 28-year-old ranks tied for sixth in extra-base hits (46) and tied for ninth in RBI.  Since the All-Star break, he has hit .326 (15-for-46) with five doubles, three home runs, and 11 RBI.

In three seasons since joining the major leagues from Cuba in 2012, the right-handed batter has hit .262 (371-for-1,415) with 72 doubles, 12 triples, 66 home runs, and 229 RBI. Beginning in 2012, he places among the top 15 American Leaguers in both homers and RBI. In his three seasons with the team, Oakland went 228-131 (.635) with Céspedes in the starting lineup compared to 28-44 (.389) when he did not start.

As a major leaguer, he has hit .296 with a .366 on-base percentage, and a .494 slugging percentage with runners in scoring position. In 142 career big league games after the All-Star break, is a .293 hitter with an .859 OPS.

Among players who debuted in 1987 or later, the only others with at least 20 home runs and 80 RBI in each of their first two major league seasons are Evan Longoria, Ryan Braun, Dan Uggla, Mark Teixeira, and Albert Pujols.

Céspedes hit safely in all 10 of Oakland’€™s postseason games over the last two years, batting .350 (14-for-40) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, and six RBI.

Last season, he hit 26 home runs in 135 games. He finished second among American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2012 after batting .292 with 23 home runs, 82 RBI, and 16 stolen bases in 129 games.

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Source: Red Sox trade John Lackey to Cardinals for Joe Kelly, Allen Craig

07.31.14 at 12:42 pm ET
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A source confirmed to WEEI a report that John Lackey is being traded to the Cardinals.

Update.: The Red Sox will get right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig, while surrendering minor league left-hander Corey Littrell.

Kelly, in his third major league season after being drafted in the third round in 2009 by St. Louis, is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in seven starts this season. The hard-throwing righty has fanned 25 while walking 10.

Kelly missed almost two months with a hamstring injury, and he’s struggled since his return, posting a 7.32 ERA in four July starts.

Last year he was 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, with 79 strikeouts and 44 walks.

Craig, a fifth-year major leaguer who hit over .300 the last three seasons, is struggling along at .237/.291/.346 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs in 97 games this year. His career line is .291/.343/.460 with 57 home runs and 291 RBIs.

Littrell, a 2013 fifth-rounder from the University of Kentucky, was pitching for the Red Sox‘ Single-A affiliate in Salem, Virginia. In 19 games (18 starts) he compiled a 5-5 record, 3.60 ERA and 1.390 WHIP, with 91 strikeouts vs. 38 walks in 100 innings.

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Trade deadline roundup: A’s send Tommy Milone to Twins for Sam Fuld; David Price trade talks reportedly intensify

07.31.14 at 12:32 pm ET
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In a move that was overshadowed by the Red Sox‘ trade of Jon Lester to the Athletics, the Twins acquired left-handed starter Tommy Milone from Oakland in exchange for New Hampshire native Sam Fuld.

Milone, a 27-year-old lefty, lost his spot in the A’s rotation when the team acquired the services of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs. Milone recently asked to be traded to a team where he would have the opportunity to start. Before the trade, Milone was in Triple-A, where he was 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA in four starts. In the majors in 2014, Milone is 6-3 with a 3.35 ERA.

In his career, Milone is 32-22 with a 3.84 ERA in parts of four seasons in the big leagues.

The 32-year-old Fuld hit .274/.370/.354 with one home run, 12 stolen bases in 43 games with the Twins this year. Fuld started the year with Oakland but was claimed off of waivers by the Twins in April. Fuld likely will be a part of an outfield platoon with Jonny Gomes for the A’s.

– Talks on David Price have intensified since Lester was dealt, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

– The Red Sox are fielding a lot of offers for lefty Andrew Miller, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

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