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Part of a two-part argument of whether or not the Dodgers' blockbuster nine-player trade with the Red Sox was a good idea.
Part of a two-part argument of whether or not the Dodgers' blockbuster nine-player trade with the Red Sox was a good idea.
Adrian Gonzalez is on his fifth team. But Gonzalez has approached each situation like a professional and it's how he is looking at his current situation with the Los Angeles Dodgers, as told to XX Sports Radio in San Diego. From Florida to Texas to San Diego to Boston then to L.A., Gonzalez has taken each stop in stride.
"I mean, when I was traded from the Marlins, they needed to make a move to win the World Series and I was the player the Rangers wanted. When I was traded from the Rangers, I was in a spot where there wasn't a position for me. ... From San Diego, it was more of a contract status. The Padres weren't going to be able to offer me anything. And this one, the situation was the Dodgers are in a position to get in a pennant race. ... For me, it's a blessing to know these teams really wanted me."
Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten spoke with 710 ESPN Los Angeles and told them the thing that everyone already knew - money is not an issue in La La Land.
"There's no number in my head, but obviously there are limits. We just want to do all the things we can and we are going to try not to be dull about the things we do. We do need to rebuild this and we think the more energy and effort and resources that we dedicate to scouting and player development, the less need there will be in the future for deals like this. But for now, to get us back to where we think the Dodgers should have always been, we think we had to make moves like this."
Both Gonzalez and Kasten provide their views on the deal that shook up the league. Gonzalez is a Dodger and Kasten is a CEO with deep pockets that wants to field a winner. Both have work to do but the start couldn't be much sweeter.
For more on the Dodgers, check out True Blue LA.
James Loney is still in a little bit of shock that he was involved in the blockbuster deal that brought Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers and shipped Loney and others to the Boston Red Sox.
"That's all I've known," Loney said of the Dodgers on MLB.com. "But I'm looking forward to the change - I think it'll be great for me and my career. I'm looking forward to playing and winning in this city."
Loney was drafted by the Dodgers in the first round in 2002, so for a decade, the Dodgers organization was home. Now, he's been traded to the Red Sox during the season before his free agency, leaving him in a state of transition.
Loney was struggling with the Dodgers prior to the trade, hitting only .254 with four home runs and a .302 on-base percentage.
The Los Angeles Dodgers held a press conference Saturday to announce the blockbuster trade that has brought Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto from the Boston Red Sox. It was announced that Beckett will be making his first start Monday against the Colorado Rockies, as reported by SB Nation's Eric Stephens. The right-hander has struggled to a 5-11 record with a 5.23 ERA this season.
Dodger fans will not have to wait as long to see the primary piece in the trade, as the first baseman Gonzalez will be starting and batting clean-up for Los Angeles against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. Gonzalez is batting .300 with 15 HR and 86 RBI in 2012.
The Dodgers will still need to make moves to get Beckett and Punto on the 25-man roster
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired four-time All-Stars Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, former 20-game winner and World Series MVP Josh Beckett, infielder Nick Punto and cash from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for first baseman James Loney, pitcher Allen Webster, infielder Ivan De Jesus and two players to be named later. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.
The nine-player trade is the largest in Los Angeles Dodger history.
"We continue to do everything in our power to strengthen our team for the stretch drive in an effort to reach the postseason," said Colletti. "This trade today exemplifies ownership’s commitment to making the team as good as possible not only for 2012 but for many seasons to come."
The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a trade with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, sending Allen Webster, Rubby de la Rosa, James Loney, Jerry Sands and Ivan DeJesus, Jr. to Boston in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto. It's a blockbuster trade, and players around the league are reacting.
Matt Kemp, Dodgers outfielder, simply seemed stunned:
Adrian Gonzales and Shane Victorino both seemed less stunned and more excited:
Excited to get back to Cali and be a part of Dodgertown!— Adrian Gonzalez (@adriangon28) August 25, 2012
The Dodgers sent a plane for the players almost as soon as the trade was official, and Gonzales is expected in the lineup for Saturday night. Nick Punto may have to wait before playing, but in the meantime he's thrilled with the treatment:
With Los Angeles bolstering their roster and Boston cleaning house, it seems like positive reactions to the trade abound.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will have their newest first baseman in the lineup on Saturday night against the Marlins. According to reports, Adrian Gonzalez is on his way to L.A. now and should be at the ballpark in time to make the start. He is expected to bat fourth or fifth.
Given the recent acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino, manager Don Mattingly has plenty of options when he constructs his lineup on a nightly basis with Gonzalez in the mix. Add these three next to Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier and the club immediately features one of the better batting orders in all of baseball.
As for an introductory press conference for Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto, they are not expected to arrive in time to meet the media on Saturday. Look for something to be set up on Sunday afternoon or sometime Monday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly sent an airplane to Boston to pick up Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto. After the deal broke on Friday there were still a few final details to be hammered out. As Saturday afternoon arrives, it is looking more and more likely that this blockbuster trade is just about official.
Here is the latest from Jon Heyman of CBS.
Assuming everything does indeed go final, this trade is a franchise-altering one for both the Dodgers and Red Sox. L.A. acquires a couple of proven veterans (and also takes on a reported $250 million in salary) while Boston essentially wipes the slate clean to begin the rebuilding process.
This bit of news also just came across:
It's worth noting that neither club has officially announced the deal, although it appears to only be a matter of time now.
The Boston Red Sox have traded Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to the Boston Herald. The Red Sox receive Allen Webster, Rubby de la Rosa, James Loney, Jerry Sands and Ivan DeJesus, Jr. in exchange.
The Dodgers take a significant risk that could pay off in a big way. Beckett and Crawford both have history of strong production to go with more recent sub-par seasons, and Gonzalez had an extremely strong first year in Boston (.338 BA, .957 OPS) before slipping in 2012.
The Red Sox save substantial money by unloading several major contracts. As MLB Nation points out, the deal is expected to save Boston around $275 million.
The Dodgers and Red Sox are nearing a blockbuster deal that would include Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, James Loney and top-prospect Allen Webster. Reports from all over the industry are suggesting the trade is close, but there are still hurdles to get through.
Beckett, who has 10-and-5 rights (10 years in the league, five of which with the same team) has a no-trade clause. He would have to approve the deal in order to head to L.A. There is always a chance he throws a curveball (pun intended) into the negotiations, although most believe he would approve the Dodgers deal.
Carl Crawford also has a limited no-trade clause built into his contract. It is believed the Dodgers are one of the teams included, but it also seems likely that he would OK the move.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 25, 2012
#Dodgers believed to be on Crawford’s no-trade list. He would need to approve the deal. Not expected to be a problem.
The Dodgers and Red Sox are nearing completion on a blockbuster trade that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to L.A. in exchange for James Loney, Jerry Sands, Ivan De Jesus, Rubby De La Rosa and a prospect.
The identity of the prospect was unknown until just recently when reports indicated Allen Webster will also be headed to Boston in the deal.
Webster, 22, is a right-handed pitcher and has emerged as one of the best players in the Dodgers' farm system. He began the season as the No. 95 overall prospect in the game and is having a fine season in Double-A ball, going 6-8 with a 3.55 ERA, 117 strikeouts and 57 walks over the course of 121.2 innings.
Here is the news confirming that Webster will be included in the trade.
What is already one of the bigger trades of the last decade just got that much bigger.
A reported trade between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox is nearing completion, according to various sources. In what would be one of the biggest blockbusters of the last decade, L.A. would receive first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-handed pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility man Nick Punto in exchange for James Loney and other players to be determined.
With the two clubs working on a 48-hour deadline to get the trade completed, the Dodgers and Red Sox have begun pulling the players involved in the deal from Friday's lineups. Here is the latest from Boston:
Punto and Gonzalez were both summoned into clubhouse from dugout— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) August 24, 2012
Loney has also been scratched from the Dodgers' lineup.
The addition of the four players would be huge for Los Angeles. Gonzalez presents a much better option than Loney at first base. Beckett could rejuvenate his career in a much more pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium. Carl Crawford has serious elbow issues and is owed a ton of money for the next few seasons, although he could be a valuable asset if/when he becomes healthy. Punto will be a great infield option off the bench.
For more news on the Dodgers-Red Sox trade negotiations, head over to True Blue LA.
Here are some more details about the potential deal being discussed between the Dodgers and the Red Sox that could move a vanload of players, from Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald.
The names currently being circulated in the deal are pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, first baseman James Loney, outfielders Ivan De Jesus and 1B/OF Jerry Sands. The Dodgers also recently demoted De La Rosa to Triple-A, which would allow the Dodgers to throw him in as a "Player To Be Named Later" in the trade.
The Red Sox and Dodgers have until 1:30 PM ET Sunday to make this deal work. And of course all of this is contingent on Beckett not exercising his 10-5 rights and rejecting this trade. A lot has yet to be figured out.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are reportedly working on a deal that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the west side, according to multiple reports.
Blockbuster: red Sox, Dodgers working on deal that would send AGon, Crawford, Beckett and Punto to LA. Hurdles remain, but closing in— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) August 24, 2012
This news comes on the heels of reports that Gonzalez and Beckett had been claimed by the Dodgers off waivers earlier Friday.
One major speed bump in this potential blockbuster is Beckett's 10-5 rights, allowing him to veto any trade. Gonzalez, on the other hand, can't block a trade to Los Angeles while Punto and Crawford are free to be traded anywhere after clearing waivers earlier this month.
It's still early, but this could change the entire landscape of the National League if general manager Ned Colletti is able to pull it off.
And apparently whoever said blockbusters can't happen in August didn't realize the true depth of the Dodgers' pockets.
For more Dodgers news, pay a visit to True Blue L.A.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have claimed Josh Beckett off of waivers from the Boston Red Sox. It's the second big waiver move the Dodgers have made to claim a Red Sox player, claiming Adrian Gonzalez earlier this week. Will Beckett accept the claim or reject it?
Sean McAdam had the initial report on the issue.
Source: An unidentified team has claimed Josh Beckett on trade waivers. One MLB exec believes it may be Dodgers, but unconfirmed for now.— Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 24, 2012
Confirmed: It is indeed the Dodgers who have also claimed Beckett.— Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 24, 2012
Beckett is currently owed $31.5 million over the 2013 and 2014 seasons and is not pitching well this year, which makes this deal a bit of a surprise. He's currently 5-11 this season with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.327 WHIP.
With the Dodgers claiming both Beckett and Gonzalez from Boston, one has to wonder if this is the prelude to a larger trade for the Dodgers to try and grab Gonzalez, with Beckett's contract the collateral needed to get the deal done? And even if the Red Sox want to make such a move, will Beckett allow it? His 10-and-5 rights would allow him to nix the deal if he would prefer not to move from Boston.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been award the waiver claim for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, according to report.