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Side by Side: A’s-Red Sox trade one year later

AP

At last year’s July 31 trade deadline, the A’s traded slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for ace left-hander Jon Lester, indicating they were all in on winning in 2014. This season, their trade of Scott Kazmir for prospects appears to send the opposite message. Many still cite the Cespedes-Lester trade as a turning point for the A’s, who’ve struggled since. Here’s how the team has fared offensively in 152 games since last July 31 (entering Friday), compared to its 152 games before the trade:

BeforeSince

95-57

Record

66-86

779

Runs

608

5.1

Runs/G

4.0

5,262

At-bats

5,162

1,372

Hits

1,263

177

HR

114

741

RBIs

575

544

Walks

469

1,035

Strikeouts

1,016

78

SBs

79

19

Caught

23

7.0

LOB/G

6.9

.261

Avg.

.245

.332

OBP

.310

.425

SLG

.370

.757

OPS

.680

Source: baseball-reference.com

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GM Billy Beane after the Cespedes trade: “It’s a zero-sum game, and in Jon Lester you’re dealing with someone who is one of the best at his position in the game and has been for a long time. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”

Beane after trading Kazmir on Thursday: “I think we had to be realistic where we were as a club. … When you make a trade with a guy like Scott at this time of year, there are some concessions you’re making, and understanding that the future is probably more important than the present.”

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