The Red Sox officially waved the white flag Saturday afternoon when they dealt Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers for James Loney and prospects.
For the Red Sox, this move clears plenty of salary to sign some of their younger players long-term or go after free agents this off season. The Dodgers have put themselves as one of the top contenders for the NL crown with these players and the trade deadline additions of Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino. This trade took place after the Dodgers were award the waiver claim on Gonzalez and were able to work out a deal. Gonzalez is batting .300 with 16 home runs and 90 runs batted in and made an instant impact by homering on the second pitch he saw Saturday night in LA. Beckett has had a tough season going 5-11 with a 5.23 era and had off the field issues in Boston this year as well. A change of scenery could be very good for him and he is a dangerous pitcher come October. Carl Crawford will have Tommy John surgery missing the rest of the season and some of the next season. After signing a massive contract with the Sox, due to injuries and under performance Crawford had not grown on the fans. Punto will add a nice bench option who can play multiple positions and is more of an NL player. The only major league ready player Boston received was James Loney. Loney is batting .254 with 34 runs batted in, but is known more for his defense. The Sox also picked up Rubby De La Rosa, who is the top pitching prospect in the Dodgers system and has a huge upside. They also received Allen Webster, the Dodgers second pitching prospect who was 6-8 with a 3.55 era this season in Double A. With both teams looking to head into different directions this deal made sense for both sides. If all works out, the Dodgers they could be playing deep into October and the Sox could use some of this new money to fix their holes in free agency.