Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Just less than a year after completing one of the biggest trades in baseball history, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers stand at the top of their respective divisions. They'll meet Friday night at Dodger Stadium for the first time since that blockbuster deal. The Red Sox (75-54) hold a one-game edge over Tampa Bay for the AL East lead, while the Dodgers (75-52) have virtually run away with the NL West after building a 9 1/2-game lead over Arizona. Before Boston finished 69-93 last season - its worst mark since 1965 - it dumped more than $250 million in payroll by sending Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles in exchange for James Loney, Rubby De La Rosa, Ivan DeJesus Jr. and Jerry Sands on Aug. 25. Loney, DeJesus and Sands are no longer with the organization, while De La Rosa's contributions have been minimal. However, the salary relief gave Boston more wiggle room to reach offseason agreements with free agents Shane Victorino, Steph...
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