Found August 26, 2012 on Sports Blog Net:
By: Nicholas Beardi [caption id="attachment_61" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The Red Sox traded away stars Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the L.A. Dodgers, shedding a quarter billion in salary.[/caption] The mighty Red Sox had to do something for God's sake. To say they've been a disappointment this season would be the understatement of the year. After last September's epic collapse that all my Yankee counterparts choose to so lovingly remind me of time and again Boston has been one of the worst teams in baseball. Sure, other teams have worse records but does anybody really expect Houston and San Diego to contend each year? Boston is supposed to represent one of the pillars of baseball similar to the way that the Saints and Patriots are for football and the Red Wings and Rangers are for hockey. If the Red Sox are a pillar, that pillar has sunk underground over the last calendar year. First to go was loveable "Tito" Francona, much to the chagrin of many (including myself) Red Sox fans. After him, THE Theo Epstein, him of the two World Series rings for the first time in a century, was shipped to Chicago to help rebuild the hapless loser Cubs. With the trading of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, the Red Sox have wiped away any memory of Theo Epstein in Boston. Because he was so terrible right? Let me preface by saying that Epstein is my hero, he is who I want to be and if they made posters of him he would have a hallowed place above my bed every night. Epstein missed on Carl Crawford, I will say that. Even heroes make mistakes sometimes. Crawford hasn't even shown a glimpse of what he was in Tampa Bay and all indications show that he's no longer in his prime after undergoing serious Tommy John syrgery this week. Epstein's final offseason as the Red Sox GM was an expensive one signing Crawford then trading for perennial All-Star Adrian Gonzalez. "Gonzo" proved to be everything that Crawford was not. He smashed hits all over Fenway and played defense like a champ. Josh Beckett, a la Carl Crawford, had to go. The picther who has become more synonymous with chicken and beer than with wins and strikeouts that past year had worn out his welcome in Boston. Along with utility man Nick Punto who is passed around the league like a bag of popcorn at a movie theater, the Red Sox start over completely. I'll go as far as to say this is the biggest trade in franchise history. No, I haven't forgot about that Ruth guy. While this trade certainly won't be as infamous, it's hard to imagine it will be any less forgettable. The Red Sox shed an unthinkable $250 million in salary that they will try to spend more wisely in the offseason. They pick up first baseman James Loney and four very solid prospects who may prove to be better than the players Boston shipped to L.A. While, it's hard seeing a fan favorite in Adrian Gonzalez go, he proved to be the price of ridding Boston of Beckett and Crawford and for that I am grateful. Gonzalez will help the Dodger Blue tremendously and they instantly become the team to beat in the National League, nevermind that they currently aren't even on top of their division. Boston will endure and I'd bet anything that big, bad "Bobby V" won't be in the Boston dugout next season. Is he entirely to blame? Of course not, but they dropped Francona after one bad month out of his decade long tenure with the team so Valentine will certainly go too. I have faith in Sox GM Ben Cherington and I'll bet that at least two of the four prospects they acquired pan out to be everyday major leaguers. Starting over with a breath of fresh air, the Sox announced to the baseball world that "THEY ARE NOT CONTENDERS THIS YEAR."

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