Red Sox – Dodgers Blockbuster Deal – Beckett, Gonzlalez, Crawford Head West

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Red Sox – Dodgers Complete 9 Player Mega-Deal

The Dodgers and Red Sox have completed a deal that sends Adrian GonzalezJosh BeckettCarl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles for first baseman James Loney as well as prospects Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Ivan De Jesus and Jerry Sands.  Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the nine-player blockbuster trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers is complete.

While the Dodgers are getting the veteran players in the deal, Boston received mainly Dodgers prospects and financial flexibility in return. By adding Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett, the Dodgers would add $261 million in remaining salaries to their payroll.

The Red Sox are essentially out of the playoff race for the first time since 2009 , and have begun a retooling of the team now rather than wait for the off season and the Dodgers aggressiveness played a role in speeding up the process.

According to multiple sources, the two teams were in the process of reviewing medical information of those involved in the deal and apparently have signed off on the trade. Gonzalez was a late scratch from the Red Sox lineup, as was Loney in the Dodgers lineup, a strong indication that a deal was imminent.

The Dodgers new ownership group has now made trades to acquire Hanley RamirezRandy Choate,Brandon LeagueShane Victorino, and Joe Blanton and with it over $300MM in future payroll obligations.

Beckett, a 10-and-5 player, had the right to refuse to go to L.A., but according to  Nick Cafardo “Indications are he will”

Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine seemed unfazed by all the speculation initially, “I talked to Ben this afternoon and there was no mention — at all,” Valentine said. “There wasn’t a mention of ‘who do you want?’ There wasn’t any conversation, so I believe it’s nothing more than the standard operational of a guy gets claimed, it’s a block, it’s not a trade and life goes on.”

The 22-year-old Webster, an 18th round pick out of high school in 2008, was rated the 95th overall prospect by Baseball America before the 2012 season. Webster is 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.

De La Rosa underwent Tommy John surgery last August and returned to the Dodgers this week and he was sent back to the minors today. Loney his hitting  .254/.403/.344 in 334 at-bats this season, and will be a free agent at the end of this season.

 

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  2. […] hitting first baseman by taking on the bulky contracts of Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford, and dealing two high ceiling pitching prospects to the Red […]

  3. […] Red Sox first-year general manager Ben Cherington, Christmas morning arrived on Saturday when the Dodgers traded top pitching prospects Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa along with first baseman James Loney and two additional minor […]

  4. […] Dodgers, of course, made monumental news last weekend when they agreed to take on all but $11 million of the $272 million remaining on the […]

  5. […] Dodgers acquired Beckett from the Red Sox in a blockbuster trade last month hoping that a change of scenery would revitalize the 32-year-old right-hander who has a […]

  6. […] new management Coletti completed a nine player mega-deal with the Boston Red Sox when the Dodgers acquired  Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto  […]

  7. […] Ortiz thought it might be a good time to respond to recent criticism by former manager Bobby Valentine who implied that Ortiz missed the latter part of the season, not because of injury, but because of a blockbuster deal the Red Sox made with the Dodgers. […]

  8. […] last summer’s trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers that cleared the cumbersome contracts of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett off the books – and the expiration of […]

  9. […] the trade deadline this summer the team took on $260 million in salary commitments by acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Beckett from the Boston […]

  10. […] was part of the Red Sox and Dodgers mega-deal last summer that said Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford to Los Angeles. Loney […]

  11. […] players, seemingly endless dysfunction and drama centered around manager Bobby Valentine and the blockbuster trade that shed the cumbersome contracts of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett but further […]

  12. […] came to Boston as part of the blockbuster deal made with the Los Angeles Dodgers last […]

  13. […] it was freed of the cumbersome contracts of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett in a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer, Boston’s front office has constructed a roster for 2013 that features a myriad […]

  14. […] Boston stole the headlines last season with the LA trade, but Chicago was undergoing its own tear-down and rebuild process, albeit to much less fanfare. Geovany Soto, Ryan Dempster and Jeff Baker were moved. Alfonso Soriano and Matt Garza remain potential trade targets. The team has spent its offseason making a number of small name, small salary acquisitions from the waiver wire and in free agency. Only Edwin Jackson, who signed a four-year, $52 million dollar contract with the Cubs in December, counts as a big-money acquisition for Epstein’s Cubs. […]

  15. […] Dodgers acquired Crawford in trade from the Boston Red Sox last August 25 in the blockbuster deal that sent him, along with Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, […]

  16. […] the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to justify the blockbuster trade it made with the Boston Red Sox last August, Carl Crawford is going to have to stay healthy. […]

  17. […] was solid for the Dodgers in seven starts in 2012, following a huge trade that saw Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford relocate from Boston to Los Angeles. In those […]

  18. […] was packaged with pitcher Rubby De La Rosa as the players to be named later sent to Boston in the blockbuster deal that shipped Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers […]

  19. […] La Rosa, 25, and Webster, 24, were two of the players Boston acquired in the blockbuster deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline in 2012. De La Rosa has upside as a starter or a late-inning reliever, but he […]

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