The Boston Red Sox, in need of starting pitching after losing out on Jon Lester, traded the hitter they traded Lester for to obtain starting pitching.
The Boston Red Sox shipped Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for righty Rick Porcello on Wednesday.
Cespedes hit 22 home runs and knocked in 100 runs for Oakland and Boston in 2014. The 25-year-old Porcello went 15-13 with a 3.43 earned-run average.
The 29-year-old Cuban should provide protection in Detroit’s order for Miguel Cabrera. The addition of Hanley Ramirez made the Sox batting lineup crowded; trading away Jon Lester and John Lackey in 2014 left Boston’s starting-pitching unit depleted. Dealing Cespedes appeared a fait accompli once the Sox signed Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval.
The Sox also exchanged Rubby De la Rosa, Allen Webster, and a minor leaguer for Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley. The 28-year-old lefty comes off arguably the weakest campaign of his career, posting a 4.34 ERA and an 8-12 record.
Later on Thursday, Boston reacquired lefty Justin Masterson. The free agent pitcher, 7-9 with a 5.88 for the Cardinals this past season, rejoins the Red Sox after more than five seasons in Cleveland and St. Louis.