OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the swap, another blockbuster by A's general manager Billy Beane to win the Lester sweepstakes. Oakland, with the best record in baseball at 66-41, also receives cash from Boston.
Lester was sought by many teams, with Pittsburgh and the Los Angeles Dodgers among them. He is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA in 21 starts this season. The All-Star originally was scheduled to start Wednesday night for the slumping Red Sox, who instead scratched Lester ahead of the trade deadline.