Update: Saturday, August 25 at 1:27 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine
It would appear that the blockbuster trade will get done after all.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Red Sox players involved in the deal are now on their way to Los Angeles.
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Update: Saturday, August 25 at 9:59 a.m. ET by Alex Ballentine
Reports that the trade has been finalized may have been a bit premature.
According to Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the trade has yet to be finalized.
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report to stay updated on the latest happenings surrounding this potential mega-deal.
Update: Saturday, August 25 at 9:21 a.m. ET by Alex Ballentine
According to Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald, the blockbuster deal between the Red Sox and Dodgers has been finalized. The Red Sox will send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto in exchange for four minor league prospects and first baseman James Loney.
The deal will also go a long way in freeing up a lot of salary for Boston as it will reportedly save the Red Sox around $275 million.
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Update: Saturday, August 25 at 8:33 a.m. ET by Alex Ballentine
It appears that the trade is now close to being finalized. According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett have both waived their no-trade rights and the teams have signed off on physicals.
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Update: Friday, August 24 at 9:12 p.m. ET
The Dodgers and Red Sox have agreed in principle to a blockbuster deal, according to FoxSports.com.
The Red Sox will send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers. The Dodgers will exchange first baseman James Loney, pitcher Rubby De La Rosa and infielder Ivan De Jesus, outfielder Jerry Sands and top pitching prospect Allen Webster.
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Rumors are swirling around a potential blockbuster trade between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox that would help the Red Sox shed payroll and the Dodgers make a run at the NL West title and beyond.
The rumored deal has the Red Sox giving up Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers for pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, first baseman James Loney and prospects Ivan De Jesus (infielder) and Jerry Sands (outfielder), according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. The Red Sox would also reportedly receive another top prospect in the deal.
Loney will be a free agent after this season, as noted by Edes:
Beckett and Crawford would have to agree to the deal, according to Sean McAdam of CSN New England:
Source: Red Sox have yet to secure permission from either Beckett (10-5) or Crawford (limited no-trade). Neither, however, expected 2 block.— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) August 24, 2012
Things have never come together this season for the Red Sox, who rank third in baseball in payroll. After going 12-14 in July, they entered Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals with a 6-15 record in August, the fifth-worst mark in baseball. They are coming off a sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels.
This has followed their epic collapse last September, when they went 7-20 to miss the playoffs under Terry Francona. With a new manager in Bobby Valentine, the clubhouse has once again been chaotic, with Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and several teammates recently complaining to ownership, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
As for the Dodgers, they were just swept by rival San Francisco Giants in their home ballpark. They sit three games back from the Giants for the NL West lead.
The problem for the Dodgers this season hasn't been their pitching. They actually own a better team ERA (3.37, third-best in baseball) than the Giants.
But the Dodgers have scored only 497 runs this season, 25th in baseball. That is where the problem ultimately lies. They scored just six runs in three games against the Giants this week.
Not only is Gonzalez a four-time All-Star who won a Silver Slugger award last season, Crawford has picked it up in August, hitting .306 with two home runs, 15 RBI and 14 runs. Punto, who is hitting .200 this season, would likely be used off the bench for the Dodgers.
This trade could change things in a hurry in the NL West.
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