OAKLAND -- Pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes joined the A's on Friday, one day after the blockbuster trade that sent them to the A's and sent shockwaves across the league.

Lester and Gomes arrived around 3 p.m., exchanged greetings with their new teammates, changed into the A's uniform for the first time since being traded here by the Boston Red Sox and participated in pregame exercises.

Lester and Gomes are scheduled to speak with the media at a news conference at 4:30 PDT. Manager Bob Melvin chimed in with his feelings on the trade earlier this afternoon.

"Well, personally, I'm glad it happened on an off day because it took a lot to digest," Melvin said. "Not only for the players but certainly everybody involved. The magnitude of that type of trade gets your attention."

The A's acquired Lester and Gomes on Thursday in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Melvin acknowledged the difficulty in giving up the dynamic Cespedes.

"Everybody was close to Ces' here, and he had an unbelievable impact on what we've done here the last two-plus years," Melvin said. "We wish him the best and we thank him for everything.

"But to bring in the guys that we brought in, you have to trade something very significant. That's what it took. You're always looking to try to get your team incrementally better. We feel like we had to trade an impact guy like that to get incrementally better. Therefore, here we are."



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