Boston Red Sox: Evaluating Players Coming in Mega Trade

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Boston Red Sox: Evaluating Players Coming in Mega Trade
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James Loney will now have an opportunity to make an impact at first base every day before becoming a free agent in the offseason.

Well, it's now official.

Now confirmed by USA Today and several other media outlets, the Boston Red Sox have completed a monster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers that will send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto to LA in exchange for James Loney and four prospects.

In a deal first reported by Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, Boston will be shipping off four of their top players to the very aggressive Dodgers' ownership in exchange for Loney, prospects and $260 million in salary relief.

For the Red Sox, this is an active pursuit for GM Ben Cherington to rid the Red Sox of some of the worst contracts in franchise history, as well as to build the farm system. As for the Dodgers, this is a crowd pleasing move that will potentially help the Dodgers make a serious championship run.

However, what I am here to evaluate is what exactly the Boston Red Sox received in return and what the potential value is to the organization. While Boston did not walk away with potential ace Zach Lee, the Red Sox did walk away with some potential value for the upcoming years.

Regardless, this is an exciting time for Boston as the rebuilding process has officially begun. Let's take a gander at the newest members of the Red Sox organization.

(All stats are accredited to Baseball-Reference)

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