Another way of looking at the Cespedes for Lester trade

Jon Lester with the A’s: 6-4, 2.35 ERA (76.2 innings, 66 hits, 16 walks, 71 strikeouts)
1.9 Wins Above Replacement according to Baseball Reference

Yoenis Cespedes with Boston: .269/.296/.423, 5 HR, 33 RBI
0.7 Wins Above Replacement according to Baseball Reference

Difference: 1.2 Wins Above Replacement (A’s)

Post-All Star break A’s rotation:
Sonny Gray: 4-7, 3.47 ERA
Jeff Samardzija: 4-5, 3.26 ERA
Scott Kazmir: 4-6, 5.42 ERA
Jesse Chavez: 1-2, 4.60 ERA (demoted to the bullpen)
Jason Hammel: 2-5, 4.31 ERA

Final Standings, Second Wild Card:
Oakland 88-74
Seattle 87-75

Difference: 1 Win (A’s)

The A’s never would have made the playoffs without Jon Lester. Billy Beane is a genius.

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