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The nine-player blockbuster between the Red Sox and Dodgers is complete

Aug 25, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

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UPDATE: The trade has been announced. The Red Sox have traded Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and cash considerations to the Dodgers for James Loney, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, Jr. and two players to be named later.

Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands are reportedly the players to be named and will join the Red Sox organization following the season. The Red Sox must wait to acquire De La Rosa and Sands because they didn’t clear waivers this month.

1:32 p.m.: OK, it’s done. For real this time. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the deal is official while Jon Heyman of hears that Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto are already on a plane to Los Angeles. No word on if fried chicken is on the in-flight menu.

11:59 a.m.: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the trade will get done, but that the two sides are waiting for Carl Crawford’s consent paperwork to go through. He has already waived his no-trade clause verbally, so it’s just a formality at this point.

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, who has been all over this trade, hears that an an official announcement is expected at some point this afternoon.

10:00 a.m.: So much for that. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the mega-deal is not yet official and reports of it being complete are premature. Still sounds like it will get done, but we might have to wait a little while longer.

9:32 a.m. ET: According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the nine-player blockbuster trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers is complete. Dan Roche of WBZ is also reporting that the trade is done. Let’s go over the particulars.

The Red Sox are sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and infielder Nick Punto to the Dodgers for first baseman James Loney and four minor leaguers. Those prospects are expected to consist of right-handers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands and infielder Ivan De Jesus, Jr., though one or more of them could be announced as players to be named later and be sent to Boston after the season. Crawford and Beckett both waived their no-trade clauses in order for the deal to go through.

The Red Sox will get an incredible amount of financial flexibility as a result of the deal, as Silverman reports that the club will cover just $12 million of the roughly $271.5 million left on the contracts of Gonzalez, Beckett, Crawford and Punto. Those payments will begin next year.

This deal will be viewed as a salary dump in many circles and considering the unprecedented amount of money involved, that’s certainly understandable, but Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington comes out looking pretty good after getting De La Rosa and Webster back in the deal. Each team is essentially getting what they want here, as the Red Sox want to press the reset button and the new Dodgers ownership wants to send the message that they are in it to win it. The deal improves the Dodgers’ chances of making a run in the postseason this year, but it might not look so hot a couple of years from now. Dodgers fans are surely hoping the new ownership has enough money set aside to keep Clayton Kershaw around for the long haul.

123 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. legacybroken - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    If this deal goes through, I wonder how long it take for Pedroia to use these new guys to forment rebellion against Bobby V and show management that he and the rest of the inmates are running the ship.

    • jon623 - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:59 PM


      • vikesfansteve - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        Forment mean to rouse or incite as in Forment a rebellion while jon623 obviously means uneducated dipshit.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 25, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        You may want to look up “Forment” and “Foment” in the dictionary before you declare anyone an uneducated dipshit.

      • bigleagues - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:18 AM

        Admittedly, an obscure word by English standards, but technically . . .

        Vikefansteve 1
        Uneducated Dipshits 0

        It’s a French/Latin verb often used in more scholarly contexts. I only know this because I once read it on the “Volokh Conspiracy” and thought it had to be a typo. That’s when I learned that typos on the Volokh Conspiracy are as rare as tits on a monkey’s ass – if a writer uses it there . . . then you can bet it’s a legit word – scholarly elitism aside.

        forment — adverb; greatly, very, very much — strongly

    • matttheknife - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Foment : instigate or stir up (trouble, sedition, etc)
      Forment is not in my dictionary

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      And all this is going to do diddly squat!

  2. xpensivewinos - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Teaspoon –

    If Lavarnway is the future, now would be the time to try and get anything for Salty while his power numbers look remotely decent. He’s not much defensively and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone swing and miss as much as him or make as many unproductive outs. He seems like a decent guy, but as minimal as his trade value is right now, it will never get any higher. At best, he’s a backup next year anyway so I would deal him if I could.

    Aviles is another one who needs to go…….

    Quite honestly, I think what the team really needs an exorcism!

    • teaspoon1731 - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Lavarnway is mostly a bat though. His defensive skills are in serious need of development still. It wouldn’t make sense to make him a primary catcher without a solid veteran around to continue to mold him. Lav’s pretty similar to Victor Martinez in many ways. If you’ve got a bunch of veteran pitchers, you can make it work with a bad catcher. That’s not really what the Sox have though.

      I complete agree with Salty’s offense though. The man crushes a ball from time to time, but mostly I have no idea what he’s doing at the plate. I think he’s better behind the plate than you give him credit for though.

      I could see them working fairly well in tandem honestly.

      • nhl19 - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Lavarnway was named Best Defensive Catcher in the International League this year so he’s already made major improvements behind the plate.

    • dgstan - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      “unproductive outs”.

      Wait til you see Loney.

    • temporarilyexiled - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      This is somehow the one team in MLB where calling in an exorcist seems like par for the course.

  3. natslady - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Here is my question.

    One of our local analysts raised this point. Why didn’t the D-backs put in a claim on Gonzalez?

    One of two things happens, then, right? Either Boston has to pull him back, and he can’t be traded or Arizona gets him without the excess baggage.

    • jkcalhoun - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Because they didn’t want to be stuck with that contract.

      • natslady - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        You think Boston would have let Gonzalez go (even with the contract) by himself? Then it sure seems like the Dodgers got shafted.

      • jkcalhoun - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        Maybe they would have, and maybe they wouldn’t have. The point is that the Diamondbacks were unwilling to risk it. What was the upside if that had? Is Gonzalez that much of an upgrade over a cost-controlled Goldschmidt that they should be willing to devote so much of their payroll to that position?

        And yes, the Dodgers did get shafted. The deal is insane, taking on 95% of the remainder of those three big contracts and also sending two of their top prospects. The deal certainly helps them in the short term but at a very high cost.

    • natslady - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Don’t know Goldschmidt well enough, so I’ll bow to your knowledge of the team. I assume Goldschmidt is way better than Loney or whoever the Dodgers were running out there at 1B. Just was thinking that if the Dodgers wanted Gonzalez so much they were willing to absorb not only his contract but those of Beckett and Crawford, then why didn’t the D-backs want just AGonz, who is the “star” of this deal.

      • jl9830 - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        Because under NO CIRCUMSTANCES did they want to pay his contract, regardless of whether they got him for free or not. They didn’t want to risk having to pay him if by some chance, Boston let him go.

  4. coachhowi - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Ha I love Dodger fans!!! spend spend spend money on players that wouldn’t even start or pitch for the Giants!!! Have fun watching the playoffs and wondering how you can pay that much for Josh Beckett who wouldn’t crack the Giants whole pitching staff. Really!!! a 5 game winner in Beckett with a 5.23 era. Hope we face him I’m SF!!!!

    • temporarilyexiled - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      I don’t necessarily agree, but I love the sentiment.

      You’re very popular (as I no doubt will be).


    • anvil35 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Coach howi

      you play in the mediocre NL West – Beckett pitched in the loaded AL East – His era will drop at least 1.75 for the rest of this year in those huge parks. He is a perfect fit in the NL West. And I hate this dude – he is a piece of garbage glad he is gone. Now on to Lackey…

      • mickeylolich1968 - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Lackey pitched on a bum elbow for some portion of last year.
        If he comes back with any success he won’t seem so bad.
        Anyway, they can’t field a team without any self absorbed a**holes, just would not be right.

  5. humanexcrement - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I’m not savvy about the intricate rules of post-deadline trades, but isn’t there some rule that other teams can prevent them from happening? And if so, why wouldn’t someone–say, the Giants, for example, have any grievances against a division rival acquiring three guys who have very recently been all-star players? On the bright side, if the Blue Jays can get rid of Vernon wells and the Red Sox can get rid of Carl Crawford, there’s a good chance the Yankees can send Alex Rodriguez to the Phillies or something.

    • mojosmagic - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Phils will take Alex if Yanls pay 95% of his bloated salary.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      And if so, why wouldn’t someone–say, the Giants, for example, have any grievances against a division rival acquiring three guys who have very recently been all-star players?

      They all had a chance to put in a waiver claim on the individual. Claims go in reverse order of standing so worst to first in the team’s league, then worst to first in the opposite league. If they don’t put in a claim, they have no basis to object.

      The Commissioner could step in with the best interests of baseball nonsense, but he’s already approved the deal (b/c of the $ involved).

      • jkcalhoun - Aug 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        So, to be clear, and not to lose this excellent opportunity to remind everyone that the Giants swept the Dodgers and knocked them into second place, after sweeping the Dodgers and knocking them into second place the Giants could have have been awarded a claim on Gonzalez or Beckett once they were claimed by the Dodgers. Which is only consistent with the way trade waivers work, so they have no basis for a grievance.

      • jkcalhoun - Aug 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        oops, make that “…could not have been awarded a claim…”

  6. sometogethernow - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    If a team is gonna cover only $12M out of $272M in salary commitments, why even cover any salary at all? Doesn’t seem like the Dodgers fought very hard for that concession.

  7. jmbates10 - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Thank God……I can go back to becoming a Sox fan again.

  8. xpensivewinos - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    dgstan –

    I’m with ya. I’m quite familiar with Mr. Loney.


    But hey, to take him for six weeks in order to dump what the Red Sox just dumped, I would do it all day long………

  9. legacybroken - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Also everyone forgets that Pedroia is still there and everything points to him being the main instigator in all of drama. They shed alot of salary but most of the poisonous lockeroom is intact. While Gonzo was involved in the Bobby V drama it was pretty obvious that Pedroia and others put him up to it. Beckett clearly is surly piece of work but he seemed pretty insular in the clubhouse really only hanging with Lackey and Lester. Crawford’s two biggest issues wasthat he wasn’t playing a 20 million dollar player and that he wanted to get TJ surgery done with to be ready for next year.So they traded away 3 super talanted players to shed salary and bring order to a chaotic lockeroom yet most of chaos creators and likely the lead instigator is still there.

    • anvil35 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      I disagree legacy. Pedy let Bobby V know some things quick earlier in the year with his defending Youk. Namely – Dont call out players through the press. Shoppach was the main culprit in the whole Bobby V/Owners drama – he used Gonzos cell phone to start the process in calling the owners to keep his name out of it. Shoppach had a run in with Bobby earlier in the year about playing time.

      The main problems here were Beckett and Lackey. I dont include Lester because he at least came out and apologized/tried to explain. The other two said nothing. Beckett also had some back issues earlier this year (or last) and missed a start, and he decided to play a bit of golf on the day off after his scheduled cancellation. Beckett is a prima donna and the main problem child – Good riddance – I hate to lose Gonzos bat, but he seemed out of place in Beantown and when healthy Crawdaddy is a top ten outfielder that was paid like a top three…

  10. randygnyc - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Serious question here- is the Dodger clubhouse one of the few remaining that still allow alcohol?

  11. jon623 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Nice move, Boston. Very smart of you to remove those cancers from your team. Now, with some flexibility, Boston can move forward and regroup for next year. WIth everything they have done this year, I FINALLY agree with one of their choices. Well done.

  12. edge661 - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Dodgers will still find a way to mess it up at the end of the year.

  13. spudatx - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Beckett might not have waived his 10-5 rights if he knew the nearest KFC was over a mile from Dodgers Stadium.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Dodgers are so desperate to catch the Giants they signed a bunch of overrated, overpaid bums! Stock up on cheap beer: that chump Beckett’s on the way.

      • spudatx - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        I’m wondering if Punto actually boarded the plane or if he’s just going to pull a Podsednik. He doesn’t really have a home on the Dodgers’ lineup.

    • jkcalhoun - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      No worries. Using the convenient LA freeways, that’s only 48 minutes each way.

  14. mojosmagic - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    This is a great move for the Red Sox and a horrible move by the Dodgers. The Red Sox weren’t going to win another Series with that group and the Dodgers won’t either.

  15. j0esixpack - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    The Dodgers are now “Theo’s team”

  16. cshearing - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    I knew that the Red Sox circus would be the entertaining this year, but I never expected this much entertainment.

  17. mickeylolich1968 - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Now the Sox have a payroll to match their record!

  18. theboysofdallas - Aug 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Great deal and now all the players going to L.A. will be rejuvenated

  19. pooinyourface - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Dumbest fuckin trade i ever saw in history, period.

    • drewsylvania - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      For which team?

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