It looks like 2012 is in the tanks for Boston.
Flirting with the cellar of the American League East all season, the Boston Red Sox unofficially made it official that they’re throwing the towel. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports the following deal "was expected to become official Saturday": Superstar first baseman Adrian Gonzalez goes to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto in exchange for Dodgers first baseman James Loney and prized L.A. prospects Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus and Jerry Sands.
And while it appears that the Red Sox are waving the white flag this season, Red Sox Nation shouldn’t be too distressed by GM Ben Cherington gutting the roster. While Boston lost some beloved heroes and fan favorites, it’s a move that will play out in the struggling franchise’s favor.
But just how? Let’s break it down.