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Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes traded to A’s for Yoenis Cespedes

Jon LesterThe Boston Red Sox have reportedly agreed to trade Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. The move was first reported by WEEI.com’s Alex Speier.

The Red Sox made it clear in recent weeks that they were looking to move Lester, as they are obviously not prepared to pay the lefthander the amount of money he will command on the open market. Boston made an offer of four years and $70 million over the offseason, which was borderline laughable. Lester has thrown over 200 innings in six of his last seven seasons and has proven that he can pitch effectively in the postseason. He’ll likely sign a deal worth somewhere in the six-year, $150 million range.

Boston was initially said to be looking for two top-tier prospects in return for Lester, but the Sox must feel that Cespedes fills a need more immediately. The 28-year-old will provide some middle-of-the-order pop that the Red Sox have been lacking this season. Cespedes is owed $10.5 million in 2015 before he becomes a free agent.

As for the A’s, some of the best pitching in the league just got better. Lester and his 10-7 record and 2.52 ERA will join a staff that is in the top five in the league in most pitching categories. Pitching wins in the playoffs. The A’s, who have the best record in baseball, now have plenty of it.

Red Sox, Rays in bench-clearing fight over Yunel Escobar stolen base (Video)

Three players were ejected from Sunday’s Boston Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game after a fight broke out when the Red Sox took exception to Yunel Escobar stealing a base with a 5-run lead late in the game.

The Rays were up 8-3 in the bottom of the seventh with Escobar at second and two outs. Escobar stole third on what was ruled defensive indifference. The Red Sox objected to that and began making some noise. Escobar barked right back at them, and things escalated when Jonny Gomez ran in from left field to handle the situation.

Gomes, Escobar and Sean Rodriguez were all ejected. And you think Escobar took matters lightly? Look at his reaction:

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This was so typical of baseball and the stupid unwritten rules. As long as the Red Sox are still trying to win the game and haven’t forfeited, why should they get all upset over Escobar stealing a base? Are you really telling me a 5-run lead is too much for them to overcome? Give me a break.

Jonny Gomes wore his American flag blazer to the White House

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The Boston Red Sox made their visit to the White House on Tuesday to be recognized for winning the World Series. Last week, we showed you the American flag blazers that Jonny Gomes had ordered and the team was supposed to wear on the trip. The entire team didn’t wear them, but Gomes wasn’t going to let that opportunity get away.

Gomes proudly wore the patriotic sport coat along with his white pants and stuck out like a sore thumb. As expected, the Red Sox and their beards had a great time. David Ortiz even took a selfie with President Obama.

Did you expect anything less?

Photo: Twitter/Mike Napoli

Jonny Gomes, Red Sox will wear American flag blazers for White House visit

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The Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House next Tuesday to be honored for winning the World Series. It will be the team’s third trip to the nation’s capital in the last 10 years, but the wardrobe selection could make this one the most memorable.

On Wednesday, the Red Sox official Twitter account shared a photo of the American flag blazers Jonny Gomes ordered for his team’s meet and greet with Barack Obama. The team is apparently going to give the president one of the jackets to keep.

Some will argue that the blazers, which were fittingly designed by sportswear company Loudmouth Golf, make a mockery out of what is supposed to be a very high honor. Those people must not be familiar with the beards.

Jonny Gomes gets World Series tattoo, complete with beard, on his hip

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Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes seemed to enjoy is 2013 season more than any other in his 10-year MLB career. He and his beard became a symbol of success for the a city that was in need of a boost. And now, Gomes has a symbol of that success inked on his body for life.

Mike Napoli tweeted the photo you see above of a Red Sox World Series champions tattoo on Friday and later revealed that the owner of it is Gomes.

Who else? Gomes was a World Series hero for the Sox, so you can understand why he would want to commemorate that. And to those of you who say the beard in the tattoo is overwhelming, I remind you of this — so are the beards on their faces.

Jonny Gomes rips Alex Rodriguez, warns him against going after MLBPA

Jonny-Gomes-home-runNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has angered a number of his fellow players by filing a lawsuit against the MLB Players Association. In a recent conference call, several players ripped A-Rod for going against his “brothers.” One player even reportedly said he hopes Rodriguez gets plunked if he returns to the diamond, but no players were willing to attach their names to the quotes.

Jonny Gomes, one of several fan favorites on the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series team, had no problem speaking on behalf of the union.

“He does steroids or whatever, it sucks. He does this or that, it sucks. He’s always in the news, it sucks,” Gomes told the Boston Herald on Thursday. “But this is the players’ union he’s going against. It’s all of us. Not a real good idea.

“I think what he had going on is pretty individual. He did it. It was his decision, his suspension. But I don’t think it’s really a good idea to go after our union. Down to my (expletive) kids, down to the benefits we have, down to our retirement fund, the union makes our lives better. We pay dues to the union for our rights.”

A-Rod hired his own legal team to fight his initial 211-game suspension, which was eventually cut down to 162 games. However, his lawsuit against the MLBPA means that player dues will be going toward defending the union. That’s what rubs Gomes and others the wrong way.

[Related: John Lackey did not think A-Rod should play during suspension]

“Him and the Yankees were butting heads last year,” Gomes said. “Whatever, don’t care. But he’s truly going against every single major league player, and every single major league player that’s played this game before. It brings a whole different light on things.”

Players like Ryan Braun and Jhonny Peralta were caught cheating and accepted the punishment. A-Rod insists on attacking everyone in his path to try to clear his name, including the union that represents the players’ rights. He truly is on an island of his own.

Jonny Gomes blasts sabermetricians in interview after WS (Video)

Jonny GomesJonny Gomes’ first item of business after winning the World Series on Wednesday was blasting the sabermetric community.

Apparently the Boston Red Sox outfielder had some stuff he wanted to get off his chest, and that’s exactly what he did in his interview with FOX’s Ken Rosenthal after the Sox clinched the World Series with a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Gomes tried to recall what were likely some rehearsed lines and came up with this:

“There’s a lot of sabermetrics, there’s a lot of numbers and stuff. The whole WAR stat. But when you go to playoffs, you want me to go to war with.”

Gomes had a 1.2 WAR this season, though he has had a negative WAR at many points throughout his career. He didn’t have the best World Series, but he sure as heck came through with a huge 3-run home run in Game 4 for Boston. And I completely agree, they wouldn’t have won the World Series without him.