The Red Sox were as active as ever on trade deadline day, selling off stars to help contending teams while acquiring pieces they think will help them become a contender again, whether in Boston or as trade chips.
Here’s a look at the newcomers:
■ His name is pronounced, according to the Oakland A’s, as follows: yo-EHN-ess SES-peh-des.
■ Cespedes, 28, is the two-time defending Home Run Derby champion at the All-Star Game, winning in 2013 at CitiField in New York and again this summer at Target Field in Minneapolis.
■ Cespedes is under contract through 2015. He signed a four-year, $36 million deal in 2012 that will pay him $10.5 million in both 2014 and 2015.
■ A Cuban defector, he signed as an amateur free agent in 2012 and made his debut in March of 2012.
■ In his rookie season in 2012, he batted a team-leading .292 with 23 home runs and 82 RBIs. In his second season in 2013, had .240 batting average with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs.
■ Cespedes is batting .256 in 2014 with 17 home runs, 67 RBIs, and 28 walks. He has a .303 OBP and .464 OPS.
■ Cespedes amazed the baseball world in June with a throw from left field when, after bobbling a liner by Mike Trout of the Angels, Cespedes recovered the ball and fired all the way to the plate to throw out Howie Kendrick trying to score.
Watch the play here:
■ Cespedes played in Cuba’s Serie Nacional for eight seasons and tied for the league lead in home runs in his final season. He then moved to the Dominican Republic following the 2010-11 season.
■ Played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
■ In 2011, he played for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League.
■ His mother, Estela Milanes Salazar, pitched for Cuba’s softball team in the 2000 Olympics.
■ Red Sox fans should remember Craig well for his role in the obstruction play in Game 3 of the 2013 World Series. He was the player with whom Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks got entangled, which led to the obstruction call and the winning run for the Cardinals.
Watch the play here:
■ Craig, 30, was drafted by the Cardinals in the eighth round of the 2006 draft. He made his major league debut in April 2010.
■ A .291 career hitter with a .343 OBP and .803 OPS, he has 57 homers and 291 RBIs.
■ Has three years and $25.5 million remaining on a $31 million contract extension he signed before the 2013 season. It includes a team option for 2018.
■ Led the majors with a .454 batting average with runners in scoring position (59 for 130) in 2013.
■ Has played right field, first base, and left field this season.
■ Hit .375 against the Red Sox in the World Series.
■ Has hit .300 or better in three of four full seasons.
■ Was a member of the 2011 World Series champion Cardinals.
■ Righthanded pitcher is 26 and is signed to a one-year contract this season for $523,000. Eligible for arbitration after 2015 season.
■ Went 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA in 37 games last season.
■ Started Game 3 of 2013 World Series vs. the Red Sox but did not get a decision. Pitched 5⅓ innings, allowing two hits and two runs.
■ Is 15-11 with a 3.25 ERA in 38 career starts.
■ Was a third-round selection (98th overall) of the Cardinals in 2009.
■ Has appeared in 68 career games with a 3.25 ERA.
■ Spent time on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain suffered while running the bases April 16 at Milwaukee.
■ Lefthanded pitcher has spent this season with Double A Bowie in the Orioles’ minor league system, where he went 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA.
■ Held lefthanded hitters to a .186 average (18 for 97) with Bowie.
■ Turned 21 on April 7.
■ Was born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezeula.
■ Entering the 2014 season, Baseball America rated Rodriguez as the No. 6 lefthanded pitching prospect.
■ Utility player is 32 and has appeared this season in 41 games at third base, 27 games at first base, three in left field, and one each at right field and second base.
■ Signed one-year, $3 million deal for 2014.
■ Has played for the Braves, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Rays, and Yankees in nine major league seasons.
■ Has hit at least 16 home runs in five seasons, including a career-high 26 in 2010.
■ Is a career .251 hitter with 200 doubles, 40 triples, 130 home runs, and 464 RBIs.
■ Is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.
■ Has stolen more than 10 bases in five seasons.