Dodgers, Red Sox reportedly talking blockbuster
Los Angeles could acquire A-Gone, Beckett, Punto and Crawford from Boston
By Ian Browne
BOSTON -- Reports surfaced on Friday that the Dodgers and Red Sox are nearing a blockbuster deal that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles.
ESPN.com first reported the deal, and FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi's tweeted that Boston would also receive prospects, not just salary relief, if the the trade went down.
Earlier Friday, the Dodgers were awarded a waiver claim on Gonzalez, which a Major League source has confirmed.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times was first to report the Gonzalez waiver story.
So what implications does this have?
Assuming Boston pulls Gonzalez back, the team would have 72 hours from the time the claim was awarded to work out a trade with the Dodgers.
If no trade was worked out, Gonzalez would remain with the Red Sox.
The most unlikely scenario would be the Red Sox not pulling him back, and letting Gonzalez go to the Dodgers.
Then, the Dodgers would be responsible for the remainder of the seven-year, $154 million contract Gonzalez signed, which expires in 2018.
Gonzalez has a partial no-trade clause, while Beckett has 10-and-5 rights. But it's easy to imagine Gonzalez, a lifetime resident of Southern California, would waive his no-trade protection to move to the Dodgers.
Often times, teams place players on waivers at this time of year to determine what type of trade market there might be in the offseason.
It could be hard for the sides to be able to work out a deal in such a limited window of time.
The Dodgers have clearly been aggressive under new ownership, which includes former basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
The Red Sox have been a disappointment this season, taking a 59-66 record into Friday night's game against the Royals. They trail the Yankees by 13 1/2 games in the American League East and are 8 1/2 back in the Wild Card standings.
The Dodgers could use a player like Gonzalez to propel them down the stretch. They are three games back in the National League West, and 1 1/2 games off the pace in the Wild Card standings.
Gonzalez got off to a slow start this season, but has rounded into form the last couple of months. He is hitting .300 with 15 homers and 86 RBIs.
"In Boston, there is always a novel -- in here they never talk about baseball; it's always the same," Gonzalez told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com on Thursday. "That's one of the reasons why I almost never talk to the press here. Very few times they ask me about baseball. But most of the time it's about gossip, rumors, plots, well ... a soap opera."
In the same interview, Gonzalez downplayed the reports that the Red Sox had placed him on waivers.
"I can't worry about things I can't control," Gonzalez said. "Nobody has told me that I'm on waivers and if that's true, does not mean they will trade me. I can't control any of that."
The Red Sox acquired Gonzalez in a blockbuster trade with the San Diego Padres in December 2010, dealing top prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo (since moved to the Cubs) and Reymond Fuentes.
There were great expectations surrounding the Red Sox when the team also acquired free agent Carl Crawford that winter.
But the franchise has failed to live up to expectations since those moves. The Red Sox had the biggest September collapse in baseball history last September, blowing a nine-game lead and missing the postseason. And this season, Boston has struggled just stay on the outskirts of contention for a Wild Card berth.
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