In addition to Gonzalez, the Los Angeles received RHP Josh Beckett, LF Carl Crawford and 3B Nick Punto, in exchange for 1B James Loney, OF Jerry Sands, RHP Rubby De La Rosa and minor league prospects Allen Webster (RHP) and infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr.
Los Angeles expressed interest in Gonzalez prior to the July 31 trade deadline, but those talks apparently never went very far. Even when the Dodgers were awarded a waiver claim on Gonzalez early on Friday, the odds of a trade with Boston seemed unlikely.
That all changed once Los Angeles was also awarded a waiver claim on RHP Josh Beckett.
Now, a trade that seemed unimaginable at first transforms the Dodgers from one of the National League's most offensively-challenged lineups, to the envy of the entire league.
But Los Angeles isn't just making a hard push for postseason glory in 2012. Adding Gonzalez to a lineup that already includes All-Stars Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier and former three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez gives the Dodgers a murderer's row that will dominate National League pitching for the foreseeable future.
Here are five reasons why a core of Kemp, Ethier, Gonzalez and Ramirez will make the Dodgers lineup great for years to come.