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Blockbuster Trade Will Shift Power to the National League and the West Coast

Blockbuster Trade Will Shift Power to the National League and the West Coast

Blockbuster Trade Will Shift Power to the National League and the West Coast

The Boston Red Sox have been in the news countless times this season and usually it is negative publicity. Bobby V's comments about Kevin Youkilis. Josh Beckett playing golf on his off-days but unable to pitch. Once again they are making the headlines but this time it is 100% baseball related. The BoSox are finalizing the biggest deal of the year with the Los Angeles Dodgers that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the West Coast for James Loney, Rubby De La Rosa and a trio of minor leaguers-right handed pitcher Allen Webster, infielder Ivan de Jesus, and outfielder Jerry Sands. The Dodgers and their new ownership group also acquire $262.5 million in the salaries of the four players left after this season, assuming the trade goes through. Beckett does have 10-5 rights, meaning that since he has played ten seasons in the MLB and the past five with the same team, which allows him to block the trade if he chooses to.

 

The Dodgers get a major upgrade at first base in Adrian Gonzalez. The thirty-year-old is hitting .300 this season with 15 home runs and 86 RBI's. Loney has a down year, hitting .254 with 4 home runs and 33 RBI's. However, the rest of the future Dodgers are question marks. Josh Beckett's priorities have been questioned this season. He is 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA, which is his first losing season in his twelve-year career. L.A. could refresh Beckett and that's what the Dodgers are hoping happens. Boston is one of the harshest cities to play in and a player's every move, on and off of the field, are scrutinized under the closest microscope. This is a chance for Beckett to start over. The Dodgers are only three games out of first place in the N.L. West and a game and a half out of the National League Wild Card lead. Carl Crawford recently had Tommy John surgery and returned back to the field in mid-July. Assuming his arm holds up, Los Angeles is acquiring a player who, at his best, is a .300 hitter who scores 100 runs and steals fifty bases in season. The Red Sox threw in Nick Punto to clear roster and salary cap space. He is aging (34 years old) and is hitting at the Mendoza line of .200 this year. He will be a bench player for Don Mattingly, with Luis Cruz and Juan Uribe ahead of him on the depth chart at third base.

Written by: Andrew Wittry

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