Red Sox and Dodgers Complete Blockbuster Trade

by kelly on August 24, 2012

UPDATE: The deal is done. Gonzalez, Crawford, Punto, and Beckett head to the Dodgers for Webster, De La Rosa, Loney, Sands, and DeJesus, as rumored earlier. Dan Roche of Boston’s WBZ tweeted the news.

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The players going to the Dodgers are reported en route to L.A., and Dodgers fans should expect to see Adrian Gonzalez in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Marlins.

FROM EARLIER: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets this morning that the deal is pretty much done. The players have cleared medical, and Crawford and Beckett have waived their rights to block it.

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FROM LAST NIGHT: Jon Morosi of FOX Sports has tweeted that the Dodgers have agreed to send a number of players to the Red Sox.

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22-year-old Allen Webster is the top prospect that the Dodgers wouldn’t part with at the July deadline for Ryan Dempster. He has been pitching in AA this year with a 3.55 ERA in 121.2 innings. Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, outfielder Jerry Sands, and infielder Ivan DeJesus are all young but have spent time in the big leagues this year. 28-year-old James Loney has been the Dodgers’ everyday first baseman since 2008.

Sean McAdam of reminds us that Beckett has 10-and-5 rights and Crawford has a no-trade clause, but doesn’t expect either to be an obstacle to a deal getting completed.

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FROM EARLIER: Adrian Gonzalez has been scratched from tonight’s lineup, while first baseman James Loney of the Dodgers has also been scratched from the lineup, tweets Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times.

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FROM EARLIER: Earlier this week we heard that the Red Sox placed Adrian Gonzalez on trade waivers. Well, the Dodgers claimed him, and it sounds like they’re about to acquire him, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto from the Red Sox for prospects. Talk about a haul of high-salary big leaguers – the Dodgers are going all in.

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston first tweeted the news.

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Sounds like the Dodgers are not content with their position in the N.L. West about being swept by San Francisco this week, and the Red Sox – coming off being swept by the Angels – are ready to clean house and start anew in Beantown.

The Red Sox acquired 30-year-old Gonzalez before the 2011 season from the San Diego Padres, sending top prospects to San Diego and locking up Gonzalez to a seven-year extension. He is set to make $21 million each year until 2018. He has hit .300 with 15 home runs and 86 RBI this season.

32-year-old righty Josh Beckett was traded from the Marlins to the Red Sox before the 2006 season in the deal that sent Hanley Ramirez to the Marlins. He is signed through 2014 and makes $15.75 million each year. This season he has a 5-11 record with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts.

Crawford, 31, signed as a free agent with Boston before the 2011 season. He makes $20 million a year through 2017, but has been a disappointment in Boston. Last year he hit .255 with 11 home runs and 56 RBI, and this season he has played in just 31 games, spending the first half of the season on the DL. He’s on the DL again now, having just had Tommy John surgery performed earlier this week, so it’ll be next season before he is back to baseball.

Punto’s $1.5 million salary is pennies compared to that of the other players, but he is being mentioned as part of the deal as well. The 34-year-old infielder is signed through 2013 and has hit .200 with 1 home run and 10 RBI this season.

We’ll have additional details for you as soon as they are available.

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