In case you slept in late today, the Athletics and Red Sox kicked off trade deadline day by agreeing to swap Jon Lester and Yoenis Cespedes in a blockbuster deal. The move came as quite the surprise for pretty much eveyrone considering Cespedes’ name wasn’t really mentioned in any trade rumors prior to the news breaking.
In fact, it appears the A’s didn’t really plan on trading their star outfielder on Thursday either considering the fact they had 10,000 Cespedes t-shirts ready for a giveaway planned this weekend. Now, the team will have to figure out what they want to do with all those “La Potencia” shirts they were intending to hand out to fans on Saturday.
Ironically, Lester’s first start in Oakland is scheduled for Saturday as well.