The Detroit Tigers have acquired Yoenis Cespedes from the Red Sox for Rick Porcello. The Red Sox will also be sending Alex Wilson to Detroit and another low level pitcher.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2014
Porcello, 25, had a career season last year, posting a 3.43 ERA and going 15-13. Porcello, 31, has been a career 4.30 pitcher and last season was his first season since his rookie campaign, that he pitched under a 4.00 ERA. The Red Sox can count on him to win around 14 games, but he will also lose a lot too. I think this is a good trade for the Red Sox, but Porcello is no ace and that’s Boston biggest need right now.
Yoenis Cespedes is entering his fourth season in the majors, after arriving from Cuba in 2012 . He’s coming off a decent season, but hasn’t lived up to the hype in my opinion. He hit .292 in his rookie season with 23 homers and 82 RBIs. Last year he hit .260 with 22 homers and 100 RBIs combined between Oakland and Boston. Detroit will be Cespedes, 29, third big league team. The Tigers needed to get an outfielder after center fielder Austin Jackson was traded Seattle in the David Price trade, and after Detroit lost Torii Hunter to free agency. Cespedes strikes out a lot and is a liability in the field, but he will bring more power to an already powerful team and should be a nice addition for Detroit.
In the end this is probably a good trade for both sides, and addressed needs for both teams. Cespedes will be a good clean up hitter for Detroit, while Porcello will be a perfect 2 or 3 in the Red Sox starting rotation.