In money terms, the nine player trade is believed to be the largest in major league baseball history. The Red Sox have given up on the 2012 season and are in the process of rebuilding while the Dodgers are increasing their playoff chances.
The trade, commonly referred to as a "blockbuster", was completed yesterday. Boston sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford, and utility infielder Nick Punto to the Dodgers. In return, the BoSox received first baseman James Loney, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and right handed pitcher Allen Webster. The Red Sox will receive two additional players to be named later.
The Boston Globe reports the Boston club paid $11 million to the Dodgers. This amount represents 4% of the $275.69 million the four new Dodgers are owed on their current contracts. Gonzalez' contract extends to 2018 and Crawford's to 2017. Beckett and Punto are signed until the end of the 2014 season.
On the afternoon of the trade, Boston had a 60-66 record and were 13 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees who lead the American League East.
In making the trade, the Red Sox have given up on the 2012 season. Ben Cherington, Boston's general manager, was quoted by MLB.com as saying, I think we recognize that we are not who we want to be right now. And it's a large enough sample performance going back to last year that we felt in order to be the team that we want to be on the field, we needed to make more than cosmetic changes. So as we look forward to the offseason, we felt like the opportunity to build that we need, that the fans deserve that we want, required more of a bold move to give us an opportunity to really reshape the roster, reshape the team. It was a difficult thing to do, to trade away four players like this.
The Dodgers flew the former Red Sox players to their new baseball home just prior to the completion of the trade being made public.
Ned Colletti, the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is quoted in the Chicago Tribune as saying, We continue to do everything in our power to strengthen our team for the stretch drive in an effort to reach the postseason. The trade today exemplifies ownership's commitment to making the team as good as possible not only for 2012 but for many seasons to come.
Currently the Dodgers are in second place in the National League West, two games behind the San Francisco Giants.
Although Boston fans may not be happy with the loss of their stars, their Los Angeles counterparts have no complaints. The Los Angeles Times reports, last night, a couple of hours after arriving in L.A., Gonzalez hit the second pitch ever thrown to him as a Dodger into the right field seats for a three-run home run.
Los Angeles went on to beat the Miami Marlins 8-2.