Red Sox and Dodgers Complete Blockbuster Trade
(NEW YORK) -- The trade deadline may have passed weeks ago, but the Red Sox and Dodgers have made a move that will send shock waves throughout the rest of Major League Baseball. The Red Sox have agreed to send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto the Dodgers in exchange for James Loney, Ruby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, and Jerry Sands.
This move makes the Dodgers one of the most powerful teams in team in the National Leauge. The team already added outfielder Shane Victorino and pitcher Joe Blanton before the deadline. Despite the talent they are getting back, the Dodgers will take on roughly $260 million in salary.
Gonzalez is scheduled to earn $127 million over the course of this deal which ends after the 2018 season, Crawford is owed $102.5 million total through the 2017 season, Beckett is still owed $31.5 million through the 2014 season, and Punto is scheduled to earn $1.5 million through next season.
For Boston, the team sheds some much needed payroll and will have tremendous flexibility going forward. De La Rossa is said to be the centerpiece of the deal for the Red Sox. Webster is also considered an upper-tier prospect.
In just his second season in Boston, Gonzalez hit .300 with 15 home runs and 86 RBIs. Beckett was just 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA for the Red Sox this season. Crawford hit .282 with three home runs and 19 RBIs but recently underwent Tommy John surgery. Punto hit .200 with one home run and 10 RBIs with Boston this season as well.
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