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Breaking down the Red Sox-Dodgers megadeal

Aug 24, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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If FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi is correct, the Red Sox and Dodgers have agreed to the following nine-player deal:

To L.A.: Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto
To Boston: Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Jerry Sands, Ivan De Jesus, James Loney

It’s not official yet, as the Red Sox still need Crawford and Beckett to waive their trade protection. However, here the breakdown of the deal:

Going to the Dodgers:

Adrian Gonzalez (1B, age 30): Of the three huge pieces getting sent the Dodgers’ way, Gonzalez is the one most teams would probably view as being worth his contract. He’s currently in the first year of his monster extension, so he’s due $127 million in the six years from 2013-18. While Gonzalez had a disappointing first half of 2012, he’s hit .338/.378/.593 with nine homers and 41 RBI in 37 games since the All-Star break.  He also hit .338 last year in his first season with Boston. Needless to say, he’d be a huge upgrade over James Loney at first base in Los Angeles. He’d likely supplant Andre Ethier in the cleanup spot behind Matt Kemp.

Carl Crawford (LF, age 31): Crawford is out for the season after Tommy John surgery, so he won’t make any sort of immediate impact in Los Angeles. Still, he should be ready next year, and he played pretty well while healthy this year, hitting .282/.306/.479 with three homers in 117 at-bats. That was a big step forward from a tremendously disappointing first year in Boston. Crawford may yet have a couple of All-Star appearances going forward, but the Red Sox could essentially start over by shedding his contract. He’ll make $102.5 million from 2013-17. With Shane Victorino likely to leave in free agency, the Dodgers would use Crawford in left field next year.

Josh Beckett (SP, age 32): Beckett has turned into public enemy No. 1 in Boston of late, with the results to match; he’s 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts this season. Beckett, though, was one of the AL’s best pitchers just one year ago, finishing 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA in 30 starts in 2011. His velocity is down, so he’s not necessarily going to rebound completely in the National League. Still, he’d be a better bet than Aaron Harang or Joe Blanton in a postseason rotation. Beckett is owed $31.5 million for 2013-14. The Dodgers would have him replace Joe Blanton in the rotation.

Nick Punto (INF, age 34): Foolishly given a two-year, $3 million contract last winter, Punto has found himself made obsolete in Boston by Pedro Ciriaco‘s emergence. In Los Angeles, he’d join Luis Cruz and Juan Uribe in the mix at third base. Punto is hitting just .200/.301/.272 in 125 at-bats this season, but he is a plus defender at third and he hit .278/.388/.421 for the Cardinals last year.

Going to the Red Sox:

Rubby De La Rosa (SP, age 23): De La Rosa blossomed into a top prospect in 2011, jumping from Double-A to the majors and going 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA and a 60/31 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings for the Dodgers. Unfortunately, he needed Tommy John surgery last August. He just returned this week, as the Dodgers activated him from the disabled list following a successful rehab stint. The Dodgers then sent him back down to the minors today, but that was a move to facilitate the trade; De La Rosa didn’t clear waivers, so he can only be included in the deal as a “player to be named” and he has to be in the minors to make that happen. Therefore, he won’t officially become Boston property until the season ends.

A short right-hander (5’11”) with a big mid-90s fastball and a quality changeup, De La Rosa has drawn some comparisons to Pedro Martinez. That’s overselling it, but he has No. 2 or 3 starter potential, and he should make an impact next year.

Allen Webster (SP, age 22): Webster, a right-hander with a very good sinker and a plus changeup, was the prospect the Cubs wanted from the Dodgers for Ryan Dempster. He’s gone 6-8 with a 3.55 ERA and a 117/57 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings for Double-A Chattanooga this season. Most impressive is that he’s allowed just one homer all year. He and fellow righty Zach Lee were prospects 1 and 1a in the Dodger farm system. Most prefer Lee, but I like Webster a bit better.

Jerry Sands (1B/OF, age 24): It seemed obvious that Sands should be in the deal, given that he plays the positions that will be occupied by Gonzalez and Crawford in Los Angeles. His stock is down since he’s hit a modest .244/.325/.376 with 60 strikeouts in 221 major league at-bats to date. He also lacks defensive value. Still, as a right-handed doubles hitter, he could work out nicely in Fenway. He’ll get a long look over the rest of the year to determine whether he fits into the plans for 2013. I’m skeptical that he’s a long-term regular, but it can’t be ruled out.

Ivan De Jesus (INF, age 25): De Jesus is essentially a junior Nick Punto. It’s doubtful that he’ll hit enough to be of use as a regular, but he’s a fine infielder with a history of pretty good OBPs in the minors. Oddly, his walk rate is well down in Triple-A this year, as he’s hit .295/.333/.415 with a 53/14 K/BB ratio in 224 at-bats for Albuquerque. Last year, he came in at .310/.389/.432 with the same club.

James Loney (1B, age 28): The Dodgers certainly have no further use for Loney after making the deal, and they probably forced the Red Sox to take him on for salary purposes. The Red Sox almost surely will let him leave as a free agent this winter if they don’t simply release him before then, so there’s no 2013 commitment here. Loney has hit .254/.403/.344 in 334 at-bats this season, leaving him with a .284/.341/.423 career line. Maybe the Red Sox will give him a shot, but it’d make more sense to play Sands, Mauro Gomez and maybe Ryan Lavarnway at first base.

In making the trade, the Red Sox would shed $58.25 million in 2013 salaries, without taking on anyone making more than the minimum. They’re left with just $42.375 million in obligations for 2013 (John Lackey, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz), plus about $32.5 million for 10 arbitration-eligible players. That should make them big players in free agency, and it also gives them plenty of flexibility to make Jacoby Ellsbury a big offer this winter before he hits free agency after 2013.

  1. dan1648 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Loney must pass through waivers for this trade to happen, correct?

    • Alex K - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      He probably already has….

    • biasedhomer - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Dont see why any team would want Loney. He is one of the worst 1B in all of baseball.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      I would guess it happened earlier this month. If not, I doubt anything Loney-related would throw a wrench in the trade. Neither the Red Sox nor Dodgers would object if someone claimed him.

    • phillyphever - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      He must have already.

    • 111um - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      I believe you only have to pass through waivers to be eligible for the postseason. Which tells me the Red Sox threw in the towel for the year.

      • CJ - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:07 AM

        you don’t say….

      • badintent - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:33 AM

        They gave up when Ortiz hurt his leg in that massage spa. LIKE in June.Josh will fit in great in LA, lots of losers like him, look great , but sucking down Viagra for Plan B.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:38 AM

      Next movement in Boston will be Valentine.

  2. missthemexpos - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Another blockbuster trade after the July 31st. trade deadline. Maybe the July 31st. trade deadline could be renamed as a trade warning line.

    • dcfan4life - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      You do know players have to clear waivers for these trades to go through. And teams put players on waivers just to see whos interested. So when the Dodgers made there claims, the Red Sox realized they actually could move these guys. In the past 15 years, how many major trades post deadline do you remember? And both big deals this year involve the Dodgers. Not a coincidence ya know…

  3. dalucks - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    How much money are the Dodgers willing to throw away before they realize that winning the World Series does not guarantee revenue will be generated? Good Luck but that strategy has not worked for the Yankees in the last ten years. Especially since the Dodgers are not going to build a new stadium any time soon.

    • lanflfan - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      This is about showing the fans new ownership is not Frank McAsshat. And, once a new TV contract is signed, revenue will not be a problem.

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      Um, the Yankees are profitable…

    • dcfan4life - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      Might be the dumbest comment here. The Yankees are immensely profitable and are the MLB team worth the most by far. Teams with big tv deals can make these moves. Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, and now the Dodgers.

      • badintent - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:38 AM

        @ ducklucks,
        Yankees have a $500 million deal with Cable, plus radi, TV money from networks, and everything that has a Yankees logo, NY , etc on it.It equals what JP Morgan lost in future trading this year. Yankees make what Wall Street Banks lose !

      • pound30 - Aug 25, 2012 at 4:29 AM

        The Rangers got a pretty good TV deal from FOX but they’re not stupid enough to take on that.

      • pound30 - Aug 25, 2012 at 4:32 AM

        I guess the more money a team gets the stupid they can make up for. Look at the Yankee’s. They haven’t accomplished much the past couple of years and this year won’t be much different. but hey, the fans can be happy they’re making money, eh? Its all about them making money.

  4. willclarkgameface - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    I like this deal. The Red Sox are finally claiming defeat and being HONEST with themselves for once. This is a first in Boston in a very, very long time and now it’s time to start rebuilding.

    I may start to step off of my RED SOX SUCK soap box.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      The Red Sox are dumping 3 high priced free agents. Perhaps they have realized that it is difficult to build a championship team with mercenaries.

      • bigleagues - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM

        OR, perhaps they simply realized that you can’t just plug a player in to a clubhouse and expect them to keep producing they way they had in a different setting.

        I am viewing this as a major rebuke of Lucchino’s meddling in baseball ops.

      • theskinsman - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:51 AM

        Proudly, as a Sox fan,I’m glad the team is blowing up the roster, as they need to free up cash to get pitching. But I can’t believe a fan of an AL East team could possibly make the statement that it’s difficult to build a championship team with mercenaries. The Yankees have been doing it for nearly a century.
        What’s damn near impossible is getting a WS title without any.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:41 AM

        The Yankees do not win every year despite their spending excesses. I like the cheapskate Rays much more than the Yankees this season.

    • mickeylolich1968 - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      I…can’t b…b…believe…they…are…actually doing something about this mess.
      Still, I’m keeping my soapbox right close by, just in case.

  5. pensfan603 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    the red soxs have to give up all that just to get rid of beckett..

    • raysfan1 - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      No they don’t. If all they wanted was to get rid of Beckett, LA claimed and they could just let him go.

    • severinsmith - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      I think the Sox want to lose Beckett AND Crawford, and are giving up Gonzalez to make the two of them disappear. Punto is the cole slaw in the deal. Just my opinion.

      As a Sox fan I like this, and wish the house cleaning was farther reaching.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

        While cutting loose SMS player the front office no longer wishes to employ is certainly part of it, it’s also about getting back a couple hot prospects and saving $$$.

      • severinsmith - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        You’re right for sure about the money. Honestly, I haven’t heard one friend/Sox fan do anything but gush about this trade.

        I do think they would have hung onto Gonzalez if it were possible.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        Edit function, please. No idea where “SMS” came from, maybe I rested my hand on the iPad for a moment.

  6. keithbangedyermom - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    I like it for Boston. Beckett was poisonous in that clubhouse. Crawford and AGone should still have some nice years left, but why keep them in Boston when you have to rebuild? Now you shed a nice chunk of their salary and help clean up the mess Theo left you with. Webster should be at worst a good number 3 starter and Sands is no star, but he should be a solid regular. De La Rosa rounds out the rotation well.

    • bigharold - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      Good Points but how much are the RS going to have to pay to send Beckett, Crawford and Gonzalez play ball for somebody else?

      It would seem to me that they’ll likely have to eat about half of the Becket’s contract, .. 15 mil or so. Maybe about 20% of Crawford, .. 20 mil or so. And, less of Gonzalez’ contract but still about 10 mil or so. Are the RS really going to throw away 40-50 million dollars?

      I could see giving Beckett away and eating half his contract. He’s burned every bridge he had in Boston and a few that he didn’t.

      But, Gonzalez and Crawford are being thrown overboard for PR reasons. Gonzalez has actually been fairly productive at the plate and plays pretty good 1st base. Crawford is a good ball player that once healthy will put up representative numbers. His only real problem was that he was offered far more than he was worth and he said OK. He was never a 20 mil/yr player, .. more like a 12-14 million/yr. Epstein over paid and that isn’t Crawford’s fault. In fact, .. to me anyway, .. he injured himself this year by going too hard too early so he could hit the ground running from the start. He compounded that by trying to come back too soon and aggravating hie original injury. I see that as a guy that cares and wants to show the the fans he wants to in for them.

      To us here on the bridge of the Death Star it’s a win win situation. Either the RS keep these guys and are in the position of having to change the culture and perception that they currently are saddled with, .. a bunch of overpaid soft crybabies. Or, they blow it all up, .. while paying a lot to have their former players to go play elsewhere, .. and there building process starts this off season.

      Do you think Valentine will get his job back at ESPN or will he have to learn how to get by on living on his royalties from inventing the wrap?

      • bigleagues - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        According to the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman – the Dodgers are believed to be taking on 95% of all salary coming their way.

        I’ve already added Stan Kasten and the Dodgers to my Christmas card list.

        ok, I don’t have a Christmas card list, but I just started one.

      • pftcensorssuck - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        You obviously didn’t read the details. The Dodgers are picking up about 96% of these salaries.

        I can’t believe the Red Sox found a chump to take these three under-achievers and their bloated salaries. It doesn’t matter WHAT the Sox are getting in return, as long as those contracts are also “deal-able”. If they don’t like the pieces they’re getting from the Dodgers, much easier to trade those then the mega-contracts of the big three, or simply eat the much smaller contracts and release those new guys who don’t fit.

        This is the first sign that the Sox brass is actually SERIOUS about saving this team that has badly alienated the fan base!

  7. royalsfaninfargo - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Is this the Red Sox management admitting Theo was wrong, or are they blowing up a good core out of desperation because of a bad year? Talk about what have you done for me lately. Either that or these guys were/are a cancer. As a Royals fan it is hard for me to fathom trading that kind of talent because of one down year.

    • dcfan4life - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      Theo won 2 World Series for a city cursed. Almost all his moved for those 2 championships worked. And dont forget almost all the offensive players in Boston worked out, Beckett just fell off the table and Lackey was a joke. Hard to blame him but its Boston, they always blame somebody.

    • pftcensorssuck - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Royals fan, you have no idea how bad these three guys were, or just how much cancer is in that Red Sox clubhouse.

      Worst collection of ego’s in Major League history, HANDS DOWN!!!!

  8. baseballbum - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    I actually like this trade for te Redsox too. It’s an acknowledgement that young pitching is a bigger need and overpaid spoiled veterans with a toxic attitude are not needed. My only minor criticism is I would have wanted Andre Eithier included. I don’t think the Dodgers need him now and he would be perfect for the Redsox. Here’s to a bright future and positive energy!!

  9. bradybbgoat - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    I like this. Yes, it likely makes them irrelevant next year. But you get a few very good pitching prospects. (Everyone knows this team is in desperate need of them.) It also allows a proper rebuild while permanently ending the culture of entitlement that has festered around this team. The players should know now: if you cause problems, you’re out, period.

    The Patriots had to do the exact same thing after 2009 with Adalius Thomas, Shawn Springs and a few others. It took two years, but they almost got over the hump last year. They now have a solid foundation of humble, team-first guys to build upon going forward. Maybe the Sox are looking to do the same thing.

    As a side note, 3 years ago I bought a Victor Martinez jersey during the season and he left as a FA after the year. This year I bought a Gonzalez jersey before I found out he was a backstabbing whiner. Now he’s likely traded.

    Maybe I’ll just buy a Ted Williams jersey next.

    • frank433 - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:01 PM

      That’s when his head will thaw.

      • badintent - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:43 AM

        Great !! Lets hope they do the same for MichealJackson and the RS management, ownership and the club house dog. Different dogs , same fleas.

    • mickeylolich1968 - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      Go get your brand new Daniel Nava Jersey!

  10. dugldo - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    How does Crawford go anywhere? I thought it player couldn’t be traded that was on the DL…

    • baseballbum - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      Crawford would wheel his gurney from the hospital on hs own to get out of Boston – and he would probably have a few fans and teammates to help him.

  11. fasteddy415 - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    If you cant beat the Giants hell just trade for declining injury prone players and take on 300 mil in contracts! Dumb trade for the Dodgers! Awesome for the Red Soxs!

    • lanflfan - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      Some cheese with your whine?

    • stercuilus65 - Aug 25, 2012 at 4:50 AM

      Jealous Giant fans are funny…

  12. giantssb42champs - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    And the Curse of Theo begins.

  13. ebrownwareagle - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    More Like the curse of Manny Ramirez.

  14. digg2000 - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Something tells me Crawford is gonna nix this deal.

  15. bw1980 - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I like this trade in as far as the Sox getting rid of Beckett. As far as letting go of Crawford and Gonzalez, I’m a bit more skeptical. As far as all of the “good”, “nice”, “great”, “quality” prospects…I disagree. For Gonzalez and Crawford the Sox should have at least pried away LA’s best pitching and position player prospect. It sounds to me like they got a future number two or three, Loney (just vomitted in my mouth) and two future utility players. Ugh….

    As far as the money freed up for the Sox, I say this as a life long Sox fan, who cares? A lot of comments talk about the Sox realizing that you cannot win with mercenaries (Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke might disagree with you) but then talking about how it’s good that they freed up money. I ask you then if you want the Sox to go out and sign free agents or are you glad that it’s more money for Henry and Luchhino to pocket and dump into Fenway Racing or Liverpool? Because if you want them to sign free agents then those saying these things are contradicting themselves; if you want them to pocket the money then I suppose you’re kind of an odd fan in that you’d rather root for the owners to turn a profit then for the team to win.

    Bottom line is that there are no free agents anymore who hit the market in their mid twenties when they are in their prime. Teams have gotten wiser about locking guys up until they are 28-30 in the midst of their primes and while still having prime years left, some are gone, too.

    • bradybbgoat - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      I agree with your statement that it doesn’t make sense for Sox fans to root for Henry padding his pockets. Freeing up money should allow ownership to spend freely when the right opportunity presents itself. The right opportunity is important though; they should focus on building a team, not just collecting talent.

      That said its still a lot about luck. Crawford and Gonzalez were both hard working, well respected guys who put up good numbers prior to coming to Boston. No one could have predicted that neither signing would work. (Well, maybe Crawford, but only because he and Ells are redundant.)

      Henry and co. have had a string of rotten luck, but that’s no reason to stop trying. They just have to be a bit more judicious.

      • bw1980 - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:58 AM

        I gave your comment a thumbs up–I agree for the most part. I guess what I’m still struggling to understand is what Adrian Gonzalez did on the field that would we, the fans, to think he didn’t work out. He gott off to a slow start this year but he has recovered and has a .300 average, .343 OBP, .812 OPS, 15 HR and 86 RBI. Last year he was .338/.410/.957 w/ 27 and 117. So he’s off a bit but he is in his prime–one-half of one season he was off.

        If he does go, the one regret I’ll really have is that he or the Sox or both may have become convinced that the Monster would be a dream come true for him. How many guys have been acquired because they would pepper doubles off of and hit homeruns over the Monster? Yet the most consistent Red Sox hitter over the last 10 years, David Ortiz, is a pull hitting machine. I’ve wondered often if A-Gon fell into the Monster trap.

        I just think it’s a shame to ship off because the team needs a change. If anything I would say Beckett, Lackey and perhaps Buchholz (who seems like the biggest asshole of the bunch) should go. From a position player standpoint I think the guys in place are solid guys, good teammates and good players (mostly). I hate to see Gonzalez and Crawford go under the pretense that either of them are to blame for the Sox troubles.

        Too bad you can’t trade owners: Lucchino and Henry for just about anybody would suit me.

  16. bw1980 - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I like this trade in as far as the Sox getting rid of Beckett. As far as letting go of Crawford and Gonzalez, I’m a bit more skeptical. As far as all of the “good”, “nice”, “great”, “quality” prospects…I disagree. For Gonzalez and Crawford the Sox should have at least pried away LA’s best pitching and position player prospect. It sounds to me like they got a future number two or three, Loney (just vomitted in my mouth) and two future utility players. Ugh….

    As far as the money freed up for the Sox, I say this as a life long Sox fan, who cares? A lot of comments talk about the Sox realizing that you cannot win with mercenaries (Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke might disagree with you) but then talking about how it’s good that they freed up money. I ask you then if you want the Sox to go out and sign free agents or are you glad that it’s more money for Henry and Luchhino to pocket and dump into Fenway Racing or Liverpool? Because if you want them to sign free agents then those saying these things are contradicting themselves; if you want them to pocket the money then I suppose you’re kind of an odd fan in that you’d rather root for the owners to turn a profit then for the team to win.

    Bottom line is that there are no free agents anymore who hit the market in their mid twenties when they are just going to enter into their prime. Teams have gotten wiser about locking guys up until they are 28-30 in the midst of their primes and while still having prime years left, some are gone, too.

  17. ezwriter69 - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    “Gonzalez may yet have a couple of All-Star appearances going forward, but the Red Sox could essentially start over by shedding his contract.”
    Huh? Thought you were talking about Crawford. And I thought he and Gonzalez were both going to the Dodgers? How can the Red Sox restructure a Dodger employee’s contract, whichever of the two you were actually talking about?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:57 PM

      Whoops. Yeah, Crawford.

  18. phaktor333 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    The Red Sox did not do their due diligence in finding out who Beckett was as a man before signing him to that insane extension…remember, the day he signed it, he got bombed at home which should have been an adequate foreshadow of what was to come.

    Crawford should have never signed in Boston, period. He excelled in a small market rife with low expectations and a disconnected fan base (unless they are winning). To do a complete 180 and come to the hot bed of controversy, omnipresent press core and a rabid fan base that will celebrate a player on Monday and call for him to be traded or demoted by Friday. Crawford should have given the Rays a hometown discount and stayed there…both teams would have been better for it. Crawford was pressing the day he put ink to paper on Yawkey Way….once again, an adequate foreshadow of what was to follow.

    As for Gonzo, the Sox were chasing this dude for at least 3 years before they got the deal done for him. A professional hitter and a perceived good guy that related well with teammates and management. When things went down the drain late last season and during the early stages of this season, he was nowhere to be found. If a guy is traded for top prospects and awarded a hefty long term deal, any team would expect more than just the numbers. They are expecting a cornerstone and leader that will carry the team when times were rough…he was supposed to be what Ortiz was which would have made it easier to move on from Papi. Now, the Sox will probably turn back to Papi again in the offseason and as his body breaks down, they will lament what could have been with Gonzo.

    *The Dodgers will be a good team as a result of the trade, but the Red Sox needed a drastic change going into the off-season. They will be toilet bowl next season, but overall they will be better off long term.

    • baseballbum - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      I don’t agree with next seasons assessment. All that they need is one really good hitter, preferably with power and a decent starting pitcher. Remember, their 2 top pitchers are something like 12 and 21 and they just got rid of one of them and the other one is about to rebound. And they dramatically improved the team culture. This will be a good team with potential next year. In fact they will not be too bad right now.

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