After starting off the Major League Baseball season as one of the favorites to take home the World Series, the Boston Red Sox have completely fallen off the radar. Even with the expanded wildcard system, Boston is on the outside looking in as far as the race for the American League East playoff race. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers are fighting for a playoff spot with the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. Both teams needed to make some sort of move, and both have decided that now’s the time to do it. Boston and LA have agreed to a blockbuster 9 player trade involving four of Boston’s highest-paid players.
Here’s the details of the trade. Boston dumps well over $250 million in salary by trading away Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto (and cash) in exchange for LA’s James Loney, Ivan DeJesus Jr., the awesomely-named Rubby De La Rosa, Jerry Sands, and pitching prospect Allen Webster. The Dodgers land a proven pitcher in Beckett (a boon to a team playing in a pitcher-friendly park), a .300 hitter in Gonzalez, a former All-Star in Crawford, and depth at pretty much every position in the form of Punto. They take on a lot of salary and don’t give a lot in return, but the new ownership can afford it.
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