‘Tis The Season For Red Sox Trades!

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In need of adding starting pitchers to their rotation, the Boston Red Sox made a move early today acquiring lefty Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for starting pitchers Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa. Additionally, the BoSox moved arguably their most valuable piece of trade bait today in Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for Rick Porcello.

Unlike Webster and De La Rosa, Miley does not overpower hitters with his fastball. red sox trades wade rileyThe southpaw sits at 91MPH and heavily relies upon his slider for success. 2014 was not Wad Miley’s best season to date, but there were a few positives that can be taken away from it. Despite posting a 4.34 ERA in 33 starts, he managed to strike out 183 men in 201.1 innings and pitched much better on the road.

What Boston gave up in return may seem like a bit much for Miley, but the deal will work out well for both sides.

The Red Sox are looking to compete next year so they need a proven starter. Webster and De La Rosa have more upside than Miley, but right now the Red Sox are looking for consistency and were afraid to take a risk in 2015. Do not be surprised if Allen Webster has a breakout season next year as a starting pitcher and if Rubby De La Rosa is a highly-effective reliever.

With Anthony Ranaudo as the most qualified young candidate to start in 2015, perhaps the organization will take a step back and look to obtain an ace and a two starter next.

Headed to the Motor City along with Cespedes is Alex Wilson, who owns a career 3.38 ERA in 44 MLB appearances, and Gabe Speier, a 19-year-old who pitched well in the Gulf Coast League this past season but is not considered a top prospect by the Red Sox organization.

The Red Sox made out like bandits on this one despite both sides winning the trade. Even though Rick Porcello may seem like a big league veteran as he has played in the league since 2009, keep in mind he is only 25 years old which is three years younger than Alex Wilson.

With this in mind, Porcello had his first true breakout year last season when he red sox trades rick porcelloposted a 3.43 ERA in 32 appearances for the Tigers in which he ate up 204.1 innings and walked just 1.8 men per nine innings pitched. Expect him to pitch even better in 2015 and develop into a star pitcher in no-time.

In the Red Sox rotation, there is no question as to whether or not Porcello could be an effective number two starter because he could be based off of how well he pitched in 2014. He is set to earn $12.2 million next season which puts him on the cheaper side for a pitcher of his ability, saving the Red Sox a bit of money.

Cespedes, who the Red Sox acquired at the trade deadline in the Jon Lester deal, clubbed 22 home runs with a .301 OBP in his time split between Oakland and Boston in 2014. With the Boston Red Sox outfield crowded to being with (not to mention after the acquisition of Hanley Ramirez) it became apparent that the club would need to trade Cespedes.

Now Boston must look to get a true ace.

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Yoenis Cespedes Poised For Big 2015 Season

cespedesWhen the Boston Red Sox traded their ace, Jon Lester, it was apparent they would not get an equally talented return. Although this ended up being true, Boston came as close as they could obtaining a valuable piece in Yoenis Cespedes. This slugger is in a great situation for a tremendous 2015 season.

cespedes spray chartThe Cuban defector will be playing half his games at Fenway Park which will give him a power surge. At O.co Coliseum, which was his home field in Oakland, left field is 330 feet away while left-center is 367 feet away. At Fenway Park, left field is just 310 feet away — and 37 feet high. Trajectory is not a problem for the righty as he has hit at least a few deep fly balls this year which would have been gone at Fenway Park. Instead, those balls were fly outs.
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The Red Sox lineup also gives Cespedes an advantage because he is surrounded by talent. Hitting near both Mike Napoli and David Ortiz will pay dividends for Cespedes next year because it will be tough to pitch around him. Pitchers will need to pitch to Cespedes and not intentionally walk him or throw garbage because of how potent other hitters in the lineup are. Since he is an aggressive hitter, receiving strikes to hit will help Cespedes go yard even more often.

Do not forget either that Yoenis Cespedes is entering the peak of his career. Next year, he will be 29, an age at which many Major League Baseball players peak. For Cespedes, this means he will be even better than in years past.
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As far as the number of at-bats it takes him to pop a homer, the number comes out to roughly 23.5 at-bats per bomb. According to Baseball Reference, this means that he clubs 29 homers for every 162 games he plays. Now this number should be up based off of a number of factors which will lead to some big results in 2015.

In 2015, expect Cespedes to hit 30 homeruns for the Boston Red Sox in a full and healthy season. His slash line should be around .270/.310/.500 if all goes well since Fenway Park is ideal for him to smack plenty of homeruns and doubles.

On defense, the wall out in left will be beneficial to Cespedes. If runners dare test his cannon arm, he will get plenty of assists and lead all of baseball once again in this category.
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2015 looks to be a big year for Yoenis Cespedes. It will be his first and possibly last full year with the Boston Red Sox. Next year for Cespedes seems like it could be Jason Bay-esque in the power department at least. Even if Boston fails to lock him up long term, they will get good use out of the Cuban slugger making it almost worth trading an ace — keyword almost.