The Boston Red Sox are on the verge of a blockbuster trade that will send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for James Loney, Jerry Sands, Rubby de la Rosa, Ivan de Jesus and a prospect. Gonzalez and Loney were both scheduled to start tonight, but were both scratched - Gonzalez was scheduled to start for the Red Sox against the Kansas City Royals while Loney was scheduled to start for the Dodgers against the Miami Marlins.
This is a massive trade that will possibly alter the dynamic of both the National and American Leagues and possibly the World Series as well. However, the Red Sox still don’t have permission from to trade Beckett and Crawford as both players have no-trade clauses in their lucrative contracts, so each must agree to waive the clause for the deal to be finalized. However, that isn’t expected to be a problem; both players should be cleared and the trade should go through at some point tonight without any blocks.
The trade will drastically change the payroll situation of the Dodgers, who will add a whopping $261 million to their total annual paid salaries to players. For example, Gonzalez signed a six-year, $127 million extension in April with the Red Sox, so now the Dodgers will have to pay that out unless they can re-work his contract, which is unlikely.
Also, the rumored “prospect” that the Red Sox will receive is still undetermined. Of course, with the big-name players involved in this trade, it doesn’t really matter. Both teams are certain they’re getting a good deal, so they’re definitely not sweating it.