Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Ken Rosenthal  |  Last updated 8/23/13
Last summer's blockbuster was a win for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a win for the Boston Red Sox, a win for the fans of both teams. The thing I still don't get -- the thing that has yet to be fully explained -- is why the Dodgers took on all but $11 million of the $275.69 million guaranteed the players they acquired. If the Dodgers had said, "Sorry, we want $100 million, not $11 million, especially when we're also giving you four prospects," I'm guessing that the Sox still would have jumped. But Sox president Larry Lucchino, in an interview this week, told me that I was incorrect, that the Sox wanted almost complete financial relief. The Dodgers, looking to make a statement, were willing to provide it. The size of their new TV deal increased from a proposed $3 billion over 17 years from FOX to a reported $7 billion over 25 years from Time Warner, in part due to the perception that the team's new Guggenheim ownership -- as opposed to the previous owner, Frank McCourt -- was all-in....
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