Mike Trout is the best player in baseball.
Mike Trout is the best player in baseball.
Kevin Bass. Mike Carp. Tim Salmon.
Steve Trout. Jeff Trout.
Gotta see what happens here...
The Los Angeles Dodgers were awarded a waiver claim on Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, according to the Los Angeles Times, and ESPN.com reported that there's a inreasing liklihood that the slugger could be dealt.
Waivers are revocable after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and the Red Sox could opt to pull Gonzalez back, cancelling the possibility of a trade.
If the Red Sox don't revoke the waiver transaction, the Dodgers have a window of two business days to negotiate a trade. It's possible, however unlikely, that Boston could allow the Dodgers to claim Gonzalez outright and assume the remainder of his current contract.
He's owed more than $127 million over the next six seasons under the terms of the seven-year, $154 million deal he signed in April 2011.
Dealing their star would be a suprising shift for Boston, who acquired Gonzalez in December 2010. A unnamed Red Sox official told ESPN.com that team has no problems with Gonzalez, but is looking at all ways to improve. The teams discussed a deal at the July 31 trade deadline, but they didn't get far.
"I think something is happening, but I'm in a state of disbelief that it is," a baseball source told ESPN.com.
Gonzalez, 30, entered Friday with a .300 batting average. The four-time All-Star has 15 home runs and 86 RBIs.
The Dodgers also claimed Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee and more than $100 million remaining on his contract, but he remains in Philadelphia.
Los Angeles, under new ownership, has been active in building its roster on the fly. The Dodgers acquired two former All-Stars -- left fielder Shane Victorino and shortstop Hanley Ramirez -- before the trade deadline..
You know, but that's valid because if we are all gonna die anyway shouldn't we be enjoying ourselves now? You know, I'd like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor insignificant preamble to something else.
It's that tad bit of Crazy that keeps me Sane...
Dodgers reportedly closing in on a deal to obtain Gonzalez, Crawford, Beckett and Punto from the Red Sox. Not confirmed yet, but supposedly close...
Magic Johnson et al are fucking crazy. That would be great for the Red Sox. Even if they get nothing, zero, anonymous players to be named later, whatever, they get something that will be far more valuable to their front office: a chance to start over again and the cash to do whatever they want with it.
How do they get to trade Crawford though? This would be the world's first trade for a guy who had Tommy John surgery the day before.
Yeah I'd miss Gonzalez though, especially considering that his contract is a bargain in comparison to the other free agent 1B contracts of the last few years. This deal would result in like $260 million off the books for the Red Sox if it actually goes through...
EDIT* Mitch beat me to it.
This would be a move that greatly would benefit both teams. However Crawford wont be of any help the remainder of this season and who knows how he will play next year. Beckett hasn't won more then 12 games since he won his Cy Young so hes not that exciting anymore besides his name. I mean he is 5 and 11 with an ERA over 5 so far this season. Punto is only a mediocre player that has some big hits in his Career, which might be all the dodgers need from him. And yes Adrian would be the best part of this deal for them and the sole reason why it's ok for them to take on all this salary that's about 270 million. Funny if the dodgers weren't just swept this wouldn't be possible for them.
Beckett never won the Cy Young.
I guess I possibly got to witness the end of the exciting Gonzalez era in Boston.
This whole Red Sox Dodgers trade greatly benefits the Sox. They'll be unloading some horrible contracts, including Crawford's (what a bust he is). Once Gonzalez becomes a Dodger he'll start playing very mediocre too. Look at the big name guys the Dodgers have signed in the past and look at how they've ended up. Andruw Jones, Manny Ramirez, Kevin Brown, etc. So if this trade goes through I give it two years before Gonzalez is a .230 hitter, Beckett sucks ass, and Crawford is wasting all of their money.
Guys there's no way they're getting out from under these contracts just so they can turn around and sign Josh Hamilton -- injuries and personal history included -- to a nine figure contract for his age 32 to 39 seasons.
Anyway, deal is done. Red Sox send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and $12 million to LA for Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, James Loney, Ivan Dejesus and Jerry Sands.
I feel like the Red Sox just got away with murder. Not only did they rid their books of about $260 million but they also got two top pitching prospects in return. Ben Cherington, I applaud thee.
Their biggest challenge this offseason will be replacing the production that Adrian provided them with, and that won't be easy.
I just want to know where Crawford will play unless this is the end for Ethier.