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Dodgers set to get Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett from Red Sox

Aug 25, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

8:23 a.m. EDT update: Ken Rosenthal of reports that the deal is “pretty much done.” Beckett and Crawford have waived their no-trade rights and both teams have signed off on medicals, so we’re presumably waiting on approval from the commissioner’s office.

6:40 a.m. EDT update: According to Gordon Edes of, the blockbuster deal will be made official Saturday.

2:10 a.m. EDT update: Jon Heyman reports that Crawford has approved the trade. All that stands in the way now is Beckett waiving his no-trade clause and league approval. Expectations are that it will be finalized.

Here’s a breakdown of all of the pieces involved.

11:05 p.m. EDT update: According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Dodgers are one of just three teams on Crawford’s no-trade list. He’s yet to be asked whether he’d approve the deal, though many have suggested he’d welcome the move.

10:40 p.m. EDT update: The Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman reports that the Dodgers would absorb more than 95 percent of the combined $271.5 million in salaries the Red Sox are sending their way. If that’s true, the Red Sox would eat no more than $13.5 million.

8:00 p.m. EDT update:’s Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers have agreed to send RHP Rubby De La Rosa, RHP Allen Webster, 1B/OF Jerry Sands, INF Ivan De Jesus and 1B James Loney to the Red Sox for 1B Adrian Gonzalez, OF Carl Crawford, RHP Josh Beckett and INF Nick Punto. Nothing is expected to be finalized tonight.

7:42 p.m. EDT update: A source told’s Sean McAdam hat the Red Sox have yet to secure trade permission from either Josh Beckett or Carl Crawford, but he adds that neither is expected to block a deal. Adrian Gonzalez lacks any sort of trade protection in his contract.’s Jon Morosi is reporting that top Dodgers prospect Allen Webster is also involved, which would seem to suggest the Red Sox are throwing quite a bit of cash into the trade.

WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that an announcement of the trade is unlikely to come tonight.

7:03 p.m. EDT update: Adrian Gonzalez was scratched. too.

6:58 p.m. EDT update: The Dodgers just scratched James Loney from Friday’s starting lineup. It looks like this is getting done.

6:50 p.m. EDT update: Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan says the Red Sox and Dodgers have the framework in place and believes that something is going get done. The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham says the sides have two possibilities in play, the likely nine- or 10-player trade that includes Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, as well as a somewhat smaller trade that excludes Crawford.

The Dodgers sent rumored key component Ruddy De La Rosa back to Triple-A today, a move that would facilitate a deal. De La Rosa didn’t clear waivers, so he can’t be traded as is. However, now that he’s back in the minors, he can be included as a PTBN (a player to be named) and then get sent to Boston once the season is over.

5:58 p.m. EDT update: Speaking on WGAM with Matt Perrault, ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes said he believes the Red Sox would get back RHP Rubby De La Rosa, INF Ivan De Jesus, 1B/OF Jerry Sands and 1B James Loney in return for Gonzalez, Crawford, Beckett and Punto.

Loney is probably just in there for salary purposes, not as someone the Red Sox would be looking at as a 2013 first baseman. De La Rosa is the legitimate prospect, a possible No. 2 or No. 3 starter as soon as next year. De Jesus is a utilityman, while Sands would be worth an audition as a first base or left field option.

5:50 p.m. EDT update: A source told’s Jon Morosi that a deal is close, with Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto all involved.

Morosi says the Red Sox would seen some cash to the Dodgers in the trade.



Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford!  That’s around $300 million in players who aren’t as good as the Red Sox needed them to be on the verge of being shoved out the door.  No idea what the return could be. Rubby De La Rosa is the Dodgers top prospect, but some have said he’s untouchable.  I guess we’ll find out.

102 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ambitoos - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Gonzalez to the Dodgers. yikes,The Padres will not be happy.

  2. number42is1 - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    *cough cough*

  3. 1historian - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    The funeral of Johny Pesky was held a few nights ago and it coincided with a Red Sox day off. Of 40 players, 4 of them went to the funeral of a fine GENTLEMAN who is a Red Sox Legend going back more than 60 years. As far as I am concerned that says about all that need be said about this team – no class.

    But they do seem to find new ways to screw up – just when you think they can’t get any worse – e.g. last night.

    So you have to give them (a few) points for being mildly amusing.

    • Glenn - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      On the surface it looks bad, but they had gotten back to Boston at 4am from a road trip. Missing a morning funeral seems reasonable, especially as there will be another memorial service plus a ceremony at Fenway.

      Trivia question: How many Yankee players attended Bob Sheppard’s funeral on an off day during the season. You know Bob Sheppard – the Yankee Stadium public address announcer for 56 years, the “Voice of God” whom Jeter still uses a tape of for his at bat .

      ZERO Yankees attended his funeral.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM

        The service was at 1:00pm

      • yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        That was the Boston area Media response, got any original thoughts of your own?

      • fanoredsox - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        Well that’s why my 4 year old calls them the “SKANKEES”!

    • fanoredsox - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      EVERYBODY associated with the team should have been there…. not just the players, but I guess they all seemed to drop the ball on that one…….

  4. randygnyc - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Loney scratched tonight.

    • tmohr - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      He should use some hydrocortisone.

      • lanflfan - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:06 PM

        He should use some steroids. Yes, that is sarcastic.

  5. stormbrewed - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Wait. The Cubs don’t have these players.

    Oh yeah, the Red Sox, Theo’s old team!

    Same old, same old.


  6. blabidibla - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    I remember the last time the Dodgers went on a spending spree. Didn’t work out so well as I recall.

    • fanoredsox - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Manny actually paid off in ticket sales, merchandise… and they went to the NLCS

      • blabidibla - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        And then they got stuck with his large contract while he was under suspension, and large amounts of merchandise that was unsellable.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    This would be amazing. Hate to lose Gonzalez (not at the salary he makes though but he’s the first legit 1st basemen the Sox have had since Mo Vaughn left town….and don’t give me Youkilis, he was a great player but better at 3rd because he didn’t have enough power) and the POTENTIAL Beckett and Crawford bring to the table…..but still, change has to happen….

    The sad thing is, this would mean the front office is solidifying their position behind Bobby Valenturd.

  8. schlom - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    How awesome is it that the Red Sox got compensation from the Cubs for Epstein? He’s such a great GM that it caused his former team to have a fire sale one season after they missed the playoffs by just one game.

  9. proudlycanadian - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Any trade such as this would change the “chemistry” in the Red Sox club house. It would relieve the team of worry about the Luxury Tax. It is a necessary step in rebuilding the team. It reminds me of a larger version of the Wells trade with a LA team once again as the willing sucker.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:30 PM


      If you’re going to point to a trade that kickstarted a rebuilding….shouldn’t you point to one that actually….you know….involved the team IMPROVING after the trade instead of progressively getting worse?

  10. Walk - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    The dodgers are a storied organization and it is starting to look up for them. Good bye to the McCourt era hello to the yankees west era. Big names and huge payrolls dont necessarily mean success but not having them hurts a teams chances badly. I am already excited when this team plays locally, i cant wait to see them if this trade goes down. Very envious of payroll flex the dodgers are showing. I am not a dodger fan but wow way to make a splash.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      Caveat emptor, Dodgers.

      The biggest splashes are made by belly flops.

      • rforr3tard3d - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:02 PM

        I hate giving up De La Rosa but a washing machine would be just as good defensively and probably better offensively than James Loney at this point.

  11. deadeyedesign23 - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:19 PM


  12. jkaflagg - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Hard to believe Red Sox wouldn’t insist that Zach Lee or Allen Webster – the top 2 prospects left in the Dodger system – in this deal. It doesn’t seem like the Sox have that compelling reason to trade Gonzalez in a salary dump; while he makes big coin, he is productive and in his prime, and would seem to fit in any rebuilding effort. And if they are upset with him because of the Valentine situation, they need to calm down; Bobby V will be gone next year, and the new guy will have a better chance of success with Gonzo at first base than not…

    • Glenn - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      Gonzalez is the chip to get rid of Beckett and Crawford plus get some kind of return. The Red Sox aren’t getting a top prospect and losing those bad contracts without giving something up.

  13. jkaflagg - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    The only rational for the Red Sox to take such a lukewarm package for Gonzo would be if the Dodgers take over some of those awful contracts…..maybe they’ll insist on the Dodgers taking Lackey as well !!!!

  14. illcomm - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Saunders n upton to Phils for brown n lee.

  15. db105 - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Viva Los Doyers!

  16. schlom - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Is there anything stopping the Red Sox from just backing out of this trade and dumping Beckett and Crawford on the Dodgers?

  17. doctorfootball - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Even if this deal goes through, I think the Giants are still better. The Dodgers lineup will no doubt be better, but the Giants still win the pitching matchup easily. And pitching wins in the post season. Dodgers would get Beckett.
    But he’s completely lost his velocity.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      This coming from a guy named “doctorfootball” 😉

  18. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Nobody is blocking a trade, all 3 of these guys want to get the hell out of Boston in the worst way, who wouldn’t.

    The nightmare is almost over guys hang in there.

  19. tmohr - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Before everyone gets too excited – Gonzalez’s career line in Dodger Stadium is 212/312/364 in 190 PA. The Dodgers better hope small sample sizes apply here.

  20. teaspoon1731 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    You ever get into a crazy bidding spree on ebay and after an hour you have 7 bedazzled toasters and no pants and no idea what happened? Cus that’s how I feel right now.

  21. j0esixpack - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Good. Clean house.

    I’ll always support the Red Sox but being a Red Sox means showing some more heart and character than most of these guys.

    • teaspoon1731 - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      I don’t think Punto brings anything to the table other than character. Other than maybe the ability to shread jerseys.

      • ozzie65 - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:34 AM

        Punto has shown some glimpses of brilliance defensively this year. Particularly at 3rd. Offensively? That’s another question…

  22. walterwhite1976 - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Not so sure Red Sox fans should be overly excited unless Sandy Koufax is included in this deal. I’m not happy about losing Gonzalez. These “prospects” better be Top Tier.

  23. walterwhite1976 - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Who the Hell would want to go to NY? Talk about a terrible place to play.

  24. jimeejohnson - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    The real Walter white would never say that, cause NY has plenty of potential customers for his product.

  25. waiting4asuperbowl - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    I love seeing tbe red sux in dissaray! But i dont understand why they are getting ready of gonzo?? Didnt he have an mvp caliber season last year?

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