MLB Rumors: Latest on the Dodgers - Red Sox Blockbuster

By Matt Comito

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are close on a blockbuster deal that will alter the course of the pennant race in the National League.

According to a Twitter post by Pete Abraham, the Boston Globe’s Red Sox beat writer, the Dodgers will reportedly part with 1B James Loney, OF Jerry Sands, pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, infielder Ivan Dejesus Jr and a prospect for Boston’s 1B Adrian Gonzalez, OF Carl Crawford, and starter Josh Beckett.

Loney has been struggling at the plate this year hitting .254 with 4 HRs and 33 RBI, so it makes sense that they would look to upgrade. He has been splitting time with Juan Rivera at 1B as of late.

Sands is a 24 year old in AAA Albuquerque where he’s hitting .303 with 24 HRs and 109 RBIs in 103 games. Sands was ranked #6 last season in the Dodgers organization on Baseball America’s prospect list.  De La Rosa is also 24 in AAA for the Los Angeles. He was ranked #3 last season in Baseball America’s Dodgers organizational prospect list. De La Rosa was with the Dodgers for 13 games last season where he sported a 3.71 ERA in 60.2 innings.

Dejesus is the Dodgers #26 prospect according to Baseball America’s early season organizational ranking. He’s also in AAA where he’s hitting .295 with a .333 OBP.

The deal currently hinges on whether or not Josh Beckett will waive his 10/5 rights and approve the trade. 10/5 rights are granted to players who have played 10 years in the majors and has been with the same team for 5 years.

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