The biggest August trade in the history of Major League Baseball has officially gone down. As such, the power structures in the NL West and AL East have gotten a significant shakeup.
ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes was the first to report a potential blockbuster deal between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto packing to Southern California.
Because, you know, Shane Victorino, Hanley Ramirez, Randy Choate, Brandon League and Joe Blanton weren't already enough.
The trade wasn't yet finalized when most of us headed to bed on late Friday night, but with Adrian Gonzalez in the Dodgers lineup and Nick Punto tweeting from inside the L.A. plane, we knew all hurdles had been hopped. The Dodgers, themselves, made things "officially official" via Twitter
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
The Red Sox, on the other hand, received a modest return and are left with a shell of the team that went from immortalized heroism to selfish clubhouse disaster.
Not an overly impressive collection of names, to be sure. But for the Red Sox, this deal is less about what they're getting in return and more about the money they no longer have to pay Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford.
Now that no-trades have been thrown out, medicals have been passed and the hundreds of millions in salaries have been divvied up, both teams can move on to their new and very different futures.
It's time to break down the winners and the losers.
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