Red Sox Trade Cespedes to Tigers for Porcello

Just 12 hours after reportedly acquiring Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Red Sox sent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, prospect Alex Wilson, and lower-level lefty Gabe Speeir to the Detroit Tigers for starting pitcher Rick Porcello, per CJ Nitkowski of FoxSports.

As Nick Hamelin reported yesterday, Cespedes was rumored to be on the move.

After coming up short in the Jon Lester sweepstakes, the Red Sox have wasted little time constructing a rotation in needs of arms. Porcello comes over from Detroit coming off a 15-13 season with a 3.43 ERA. Porcello, a free agent after the season, set career highs in wins, ERA, innings pitched, and shutouts last season.

Detroit, who lost Torii Hunter in free agency to the Twins, gets Cespedes to fill the void in right field. Cespedes last year between Oakland and Boston hit a combined .262 with 22 home runs and 100 rbis. Cespedes, also a free agent after the season, can not be offered arbitration.

The Tigers also got Alex Wilson, a starting pitcher who went 6-1 with a 4.35 era at Triple-A Pawtucket before coming up to the Sox in August pitching 28 1/3 innings and picking up a win out of the bullpen against Houston. Wilson isn’t arbitration eligible until 2017.

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