The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox completed a huge blockbuster trade on Saturday. The trade was one of baseball’s largest ever trades and could shift the power of the National League West to the Dodgers. For the storied franchise of the Dodgers, it was their largest ever trade. Acquired by the Dodgers from the Sox were Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and minor leaguer Nick Punto. The deal sent five players from the Dodgers to the Sox.
The Dodgers were purchased in March for $2.15 billion and the new ownership group has made a number of moves since. However, this move is the biggest to date with the team taking on $262 million of new payroll. Management said it was important for them to make the trade so they could stay in the race for the NL West division title or a wildcard berth in the playoffs. Currently the Dodgers are only two games behind the San Francisco Giants for first place in the divisional race. Boston received five players – James Loney, Allen Webster, Rubby de la Rosa, Jerry Sands and Ivan de Jesus – in the trade. Boston is going through a rough season under the helm of Bobby Valentine and two of those traded to Los Angeles – Josh Becket and Adrian Gonzalez – had been vocal in their opposition to Valentine’s decisions.
Gonzalez was the centerpiece of the entire trade. He is currently hitting .300 for the season with 16 home runs and 89 runs batted in. He was in the starting lineup for the Dodgers’ game on Saturday night against the Miami Marlins. He batted fifth behind Matt Kemp and contributed right away with a three-run home run in the Dodgers’ 6-2 win.