In a stunning blockbuster trade, the Red Sox send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers for prospects. Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford are owed $275 million on their contracts and Jayson Stark has reported the Dodgers will be eating most of that dollar figure.
The Red Sox receive Rubby de la Rosa, James Loney, Jerry sands, Ivan DeJesus and Allen Webster. Rubby de la Rosa, one of the key acquisitions for the Red Sox, has front-of-the-rotation stuff. He had Tommy John surgery last year, but is in perfect health now. He was throwing 97 MPH last week during his first appearance in the big leagues this year. Allen Webster was the Dodger’s second best prospect.
The trade is agreed upon, and only needs Beckett to waive his 5-10 rights to be completed, though many believe he will do so.
The most important part of this trade for the Red Sox is not what they receive in return, but that they gain a lot of financial flexibility going forward.
The 2012 Boston Red Sox are currently 59-66 and 8.5 games back in the wild card race. Boston has not won a playoff game since 2008. It’s time to turn the page on the Theo Epstein era and let the Ben Cherington era truly begin.