Blockbuster Deal Between LA and Boston Causes Huge Shift in NL
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and my beloved Boston Red Sox completed a nine-player waiver trade in what is perhaps the most unexpected and unprecedented in the history of the game. In the first trade ever featuring two players with over $100 million remaining on their contracts (let alone going to the same team), the Red Sox dealt embattled stars Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto to Los Angeles for first baseman James Loney, and prospects Rubby de la Rosa, Allen Webster, Jerry Sands, and Ivan De Jesus Jr., while relieving themselves of over $260 million in future salary obligations.
As a Sox fan who has witnessed the struggles and subsequent dysfunction with the club, I cannot emphasize enough how happy I am with the trade. After recently demanding for front office upheaval, I can only give credit to GM Ben Cherington and President Larry Lucchino for finding a taker for virtually all of their burdensome contracts (outside of John Lackey) and to receive several quality young pieces in return.