Josh Beckett Adrian Gonzalez Carl Crawford And Nick Punto To The Dodgers


A proposed megadeal amid the Red Sox and the Dodgers was in abysmal altercation aftermost night according to a Red Sox source, a blockbuster that would accelerate Josh Beckett [stats], Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers.

In exchange, the Red Sox would accept hundreds of millions of dollars in bacon abatement — added than 95 percent of the actual money on the books of those four players — as able-bodied as bristles Dodgers who were, according to Fox Sports, above alliance aboriginal baseman James Loney and four accessory leaguers:
right-hander Allen Webster (a top casting prospect), right-hander Rubby de la Rosa, outfielder Jerry Sands and additional baseman Ivan De Jesus.

The accord was not consummated as of aftermost night, but both Gonzalez and Loney were aching from their starts.

As of aftermost night, administrator Bobby Valentine said that Beckett was still his amateur tonight.

“(Pitching coach) Randy (Niemann) aloof asked me that and I could alone acquaint him, to the best of my knowledge, yes,” said Valentine.

There were two accessible hitches that could complicate matters.

The Dodgers were still reviewing the medical letters on the Red Sox — those of Beckett and Crawford, who aloof had Tommy John surgery, are critical. If those were cleared, the Red Sox would again accept to present the barter to both Beckett and Crawford, anniversary of whom has the appropriate to veto the deal.

Heading into the wee hours aftermost night, it was not accessible to actuate how either amateur acquainted about actuality traded. While there was no agreement that both would assurance off on it, the achievability existed that the Red Sox had accustomed break from anniversary that a Los Angeles destination would be OK afore the talks avant-garde actual far.

The names the Red Sox are set to accept are not accustomed to best but that is not the catalyst abaft the trade. The catalyst is actuality able to bright as abundant as $271.5 actor in committed payroll, a desperate slash-and-burn attack by a Red Sox alignment acquisitive to acknowledgment to the club to abiding basement afterwards accident its address the aftermost brace of years.

A Red Sox antecedent said aftermost night that the Dodgers would be on the angle for “more than $260 million” of the actual affairs of the four Red Sox players, which is about 96 percent.

A amount restart would appear as acceptable abatement for a club that has not won a playoff bold aback 2008 and has had a abhorrent clue almanac of chargeless abettor signings, alpha with John Lackey and Mike Cameron afterwards the 2009 division and again activity hog-wild afterwards 2010, aback it traded for Gonzalez and active Crawford. Three top affairs went to San Diego for Gonzalez, who in 2011 active a seven-year addendum account $154 actor through 2018. Crawford’s accord was a seven-year accord account $142 actor that ran through 2017, while Beckett re-upped in April 2010 for a four-year accord account $68 million.

Beckett became persona non grata aftermost offseason aback he was the affiche boy for the beer-and-fried-chicken beating that was the accomplishments for the club’s celebrated September collapse. His unapologetic and contrarian personality has not played able-bodied this year, nor accept his casting efforts as he has acquaint a 5-11 almanac and 5.23 ERA.

Gonzalez had a acceptable aboriginal season, but alone afresh this division did he activate to access the big ability and batting boilerplate after-effects the club desired. What’s more, aback Gonzalez’ name and cellphone got abject into the declared Kelly Shoppach argument to owners aftermost ages about adviser dissatisfaction, he acceptable drifted against the alien bound of the amphitheater of assurance aural the ballclub.

Crawford’s aboriginal division was a bust, and while he approved to appear aback this year, a assumption of abrupt injuries absolutely hindered him.

The Dodgers accept new buying that is acutely accessible to absorb money, and Gonzalez — the surest bet of the three from a assembly standpoint — could additionally represent a cartoon agenda for the Dodgers because of his Southern California roots.

Gonzalez was apparent on the Red Sox [team stats] bank above-mentioned to the alpha of the game, but it was appear that he was actuality replaced by Mauro Gomez anon afore the bold started.

Before the game, administrator Bobby Valentine bidding skepticism about rumors that the Dodgers placed a affirmation on Gonzalez.

“You know, I’ll see Adrian and I’ll acquaint him how abundant I adulation him and demand him and anticipate that he should be here, and he’ll attending at me and say, ‘Oh, I admiration if that’s accurate or I admiration if there’s a barter brewing?’ ” said Valentine. “Until the accomplished affair is over and he is our amateur forever, 

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