It’s being reported that the Red Sox and Dodgers are close to completing a blockbuster trade that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to LA. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com confirms the deal is being discussed but that hurdles remain.
Should this package of players get dealt away it would leave the Red Sox with an absurd amount of available money, in the neighborhood of $55 million per season for the next two years and over $40 million when looking at Crawford’s and Gonzo’s deals for the next several years.
The Dodgers were recently awarded the waiver claim for both Gonzalez and Beckett, but that Boston would not deal their gold glove first baseman unless the return was “franchise changing.” Considering how much money that the Sox would have available to make improvements with, I’d call it a franchise changing trade.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the two sides are close and that Boston would send some cash to the Dodgers and receive prospects along with the all important salary relief.