The trade of the summer ended up taking place after the trade deadline.
UPDATE: Saturday, August 25 at 5:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
OFFICIAL: @dodgers today acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and cash from the Boston Red Sox.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 25, 2012
MLB (@MLB) August 25, 2012
All the necessary paperwork and technicalities are out of the way, and this massive transaction is now part of baseball history.
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In a blockbuster of epic proportions, the Boston Red Sox are sending Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Rubby De La Rosa, Ivan De Jesus, Jerry Sands and James Loney as first reported by X.
With roughly $270 million worth of payroll being exchanged, this is truly a deal for the ages.
Naturally, Twitter was set ablaze with the news, with a general feeling of shock and bewilderment. How in the world can this happen? How badly do the Dodgers want to win? How bad have the Red Sox fallen?
Here are some of some of the best tweets on one of the wildest trade in recent baseball history.
Before the trade was even announced, the photo of Adrian Gonzalez that hung over Fenway Park was being removed as pointed out by ESPN’s Keith Law:
Before the trade was official, Gonzo and Loney were scratched from their respective lineups to give us all a clue a major deal was on the horizon. Former Reds and Nationals GM Jim Bowden was absolutely stunned:
Adrian Gonzalez&James Loney scratched from their respective lineups as one of games biggest blockbusters heads to the finish line #shocking— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) August 24, 2012
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reminds us that this officially marks the end of an era in Boston:
Kind of took Theo Epstein's legacy and walked it to the curb, huh?— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 24, 2012
Abraham also makes a great point as to why Gonzalez, who leads the team in batting average (.300), RBI (86), on-base percentage (.343) and hits (145) on the 2012 season, was part of the trade:
As good a player as Gonzalez is, worth the price to get free of Beckett and Crawford deals. Roster needs a re-set— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 24, 2012
Why didn’t the Red Sox get more in return? ESPN’s Buster Olney has the answer:
For those wondering why BOS wouldn't get more prospect return in proposed Gonzo deal: Their big take is salary relief. LAD has all leverage.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 24, 2012
Craig Calcaterra of Hardballtalk.com is already predicting the headline newspapers will be using tomorrow:
What do we do with the money we collect from the fines we hand out for people using "Boston Massacre" as a headline tomorrow?— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) August 24, 2012
One team that loves watching the Red Sox throw in the towel? The New York Yankees. New Jersey Star-Ledger Yanks beat writer Marc Carig took the opportunity to poke fun at today’s news:
So you know, none of the Yankees have been scratched from the lineup.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) August 24, 2012
Bleacher Report’s Gabe Zaldivar is already dreaming of the new marketing opportunities the Dodgers will now have:
Clears space for more Dodgers bobbleheads next year— Gabe Zaldivar(@gabezal) August 24, 2012
The Eye on Baseball Twitter feed is already looking towards the future after this move. Will Boston now be the leaders to land another super-star in the offseason?
So…. anyone else thinking Josh Hamilton in Boston?— Eye on Baseball (@EyeOnBaseball) August 24, 2012
Does that thought make you feel better Red Sox fans?
NBC's Hardball Talk tweeted this about Tom Werner's predictable love affair with James Loney as a player:
This self proclaimed NYYHater seems pleased that the Red Sox were able to swing this huge deal. He tweeted:
@nickcafardo And Boston sending only 10 million to LA? At least the greatest RedSox deal since Slocumb for Varitek/Lowe.— Steve Berthiaume (@SBerthiaumeESPN) August 25, 2012
Daniel Hudson of the Arizona Diamondbacks had nothing to do with this trade, but he did have a funny tweet after news spread that the deal was done. He tweeted:
I wonder if David Stern will try to block the Boston-LA trade lol. #NBACommishMoves— Daniel Hudson (@DHuddy41) August 25, 2012
Finally, Nick Punto did the proper thing by paying his respects to Red Sox nation, via Twitter:
Thanks to all the fans of #Red Soxnation, also thankyou to all my teammates, coach's and staff.— Nick Punto (@Shredderpunto) August 25, 2012