Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times tweeted:
The possibility of Gonzalez actually being traded to the Dodgers is very remote. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted:
Was told that #RedSox only would move AGon in “transformative” - or franchise-changing - deal. Not out of question. But unlikely now.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 23, 2012
So what, exactly, would be "franchise-changing" for the Red Sox? Well, it would most likely come in the form of top prospects from the Dodgers as I can't see the Dodgers parting with players from their current roster.
Let's look at two prospects the Red Sox should demand for Gonzalez.
According to MLB.com, Lee is the Dodgers' top prospect. The right-handed starter is currently playing Double-A ball.
He has a plus fastball that can touch the upper 90s. His curve also shows glimpses of being a plus pitch, and he’s worked on a slider, giving him another outstanding breaking ball. Lee has shown a good changeup and can command all four pitches. He gets high marks for his makeup and competitiveness.
The Red Sox have been without an ace all season and have their own highly-touted prospect, Matt Barnes, as a potential ace or number two starter. A future rotation with Lee and Barnes could be a scary combo.
Webster is the Dodgers' number two prospect and ranks as the 65th best prospect in all of baseball. (h/t MLB.com)
Webster would be of more immediate help to the Red Sox, as he projects to be in the majors by next season. Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com states:
The Dodgers have other righties in the system with more pure arm strength, but Webster could be the safest bet, after Zach Lee, to be a big league starter. He’s not far from contributing in Los Angeles, with a ceiling of being a No. 2 starter.
This would fall under the Lee/Barnes scenario. It would be a great possible one-two punch for the Red Sox at the top of their rotation.
The Red Sox rotation would suddenly get very young and scary if they could acquire Lee and Webster:
- Jon Lester / Buchholz
Gonzalez struggled to find the long ball early in the season, but he has since turned that around. On the season, Gonzalez his hitting .300, with 15 home runs and 86 RBI. He also plays a Gold Glove-caliber first base.
While acquiring Lee and Webster for Gonzalez will most likely not happen, Ben Cherington should demand no less when discussing a potential deal for the ever-reliable Gonzo.