Gomes has high praise for former teammate Cespedes

Gomes has high praise for former teammate Cespedes
July 31, 2014, 1:45 pm
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You may not like the fact that Jon Lester is heading to Oakland. But you can't deny the fact that Boston is getting some real talent in return for Lester.

Yoenis Cespedes is the power outfielder the Sox lack right now. Power is hard to come by in today's MLB, and in Cespedes the Sox address that need in the middle of their order.

Cespedes has hit 23 and 26 home runs, respectively, in his first two seasons in the Majors. With 17 this season, he's well on his way to going over the 20-home run mark again. But after a rookie season that saw him hit .292 with a .356 OBP, Cespedes' averages have dipped a bit. He hit .240 last season and is hitting .256 this season, wtha .303 OBP. He does appear to be on his way to career highs in RBI and runs, and already has more doubles this season (26) than his previous career high (25).

Cespedes is also going from a pitcher's ballpark to a hitter's ballpark.

Jonny Gomes, who is also part of the deal that sends Lester to Oakland, spent a year with Cespedes in 2012, Cespedes' rookie season, and knows that the Sox are getting a special player.

"This game is won and lost on pitching, we all know that, but I mean [Cespedes] is not going to shy away from putting some points on the board by any means," Gomes said on WEEI. "This guy is a heck of an athlete and a heck of a game changer you guys are getting back. The Executive of the Year is that. Ben Cherington did his homework on him and I can vouch for him. This guy can hit."