Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/26/12
It took a while, but I think I finally understand the Los Angeles Dodgers' logic for taking on more than a quarter-billion dollars in salary for four players, only one of whom -- first baseman Adrian Gonzalez -- is actually desirable. The Dodgers' blockbuster with the Boston Red Sox busted the model for 21st century trades, and not simply because the new L.A. owners possess seemingly endless resources and are almost certain to land a billion-dollar local television deal soon. The trade stemmed in part from the financial restrictions that the Dodgers faced under their previous owner, Frank McCourt, and the talent gaps that were created by the team's inability to participate vigorously in the free-agent market. The trade also stemmed in part from the desire of the Dodgers' new owners to re-establish the team's brand, with Gonzalez -- the game's biggest Mexican-American star -- holding particular appeal in Los Angeles. Finally, the deal stemmed from the difficulty of acquiring impa...
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