Found August 27, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
Over the weekend, the Red Sox and the Dodgers completed the most expensive trade in baseball history as the Red Sox shipped Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto’s approximate $287M of future contracts to the Dodgers for 4 prospects and James Loney. The Red Sox are responsible for only $11M of that $287M (roughly 3.8% of the total) commitment.  In return, they get “financial flexibility” and rid themselves of problems in the clubhouse, especially in the case of Beckett.  By all accounts Crawford was a tireless worker that had the misfortune of being injured a good portion of his tenure.  Gonzalez just never seemed to handle/want the mantle of being a team leader and got run over for it in the Boston media. The Dodgers got back pitchers Rubby de la Rosa and Allen Webster, infielder Ivan de Jesus, and 1B/OF Jerry Sands as the longer-term pieces.  De Jesus is most likely just a utility infielder and Sands appears to be a potential Quad A player that thrived in fa...

Carl Crawford's Red Sox Career Derailed By Unfortunate Injuries That 'Torpedoed Most of His Season'

BOSTON –– Through it all, Carl Crawford had a staunch supporter in Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. During the 2010 offseason, the Red Sox general manager revealed that he actively pushed the front office –– under Theo Epstein's reign at the time –– to sign Crawford to a long-term deal. That's why it was bittersweet to pull the trigger in Saturday's...

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BOSTON -- For seven years, Josh Beckett was a polarizing figure in Boston. Over that period, the right-handed pitcher was the poster boy for the peaks and valleys the Red Sox experienced. When the team was at the pinnacle of the baseball world in 2007, Beckett was heralded for his feats and showered with praise for posting a 4-0 record and 1.20 ERA in four playoff starts. When the...

Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox Have No Reason to Show Ill Will Toward Each Other After Trade

The trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez and his Red Sox teammates west will go down as one of the biggest, craziest moves in the history of MLB -- or all of sports. Whether fans and critics think the trade was a good idea or not, what Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington pulled in dealing so many big-name stars with commensurate contracts puts him among the legends. Trades like this...

Newest Dodgers happy to be in L.A.

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Settling in nicely...

Everything Must Go: The Tragic Red Sox Yard Sale

There’s failure, then there’s what’s been going on in Fenway Park for the last 500 or so days. Not even two full years after their stunning spending spree on the biggest names on the market in Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, the club is getting a face lift that even Harvey Dent would cringe looking [...]The post Everything Must Go: The Tragic Red Sox Yard Sale appeared first...

Mauro Gomez Determined to Show Off Bat, Audition For First Base Opening With Adrian Gonzalez Gone

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Nick Punto Always Envisioned Winning World Series in Boston, Says 'That's the Part That Stinks' About Trade

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Daisuke Matsuzaka Set to Pitch Monday in Place of Josh Beckett (Video)

On Saturday, in the wake of the Red Sox' mega-trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston made a number of corresponding roster moves to fill out its bench. Though he won't be added to the roster until Monday, count Daisuke Matsuzaka among those who will be given a chance with four players having been jetisoned to L.A. Matsuzaka is slated to start in place of Josh Beckett...

Did LA make the right move?

The Dodgers took on over a quarter of a billion dollars in salary in their massive trade with the Red Sox, but given the alternatives that will be available this offseason, it may have been the right move. 

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