With the landmark trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers completed, fans of both teams can now begin to fully digest the implications of the deal for their respective teams.
The Sox, while possibly sacrificing a few wins in 2012, have made a huge improvement to their team in myriad ways, and fans should be incredibly excited about the possibilities this trade opens up going forward.
Not only has the team managed to jettison over $270 million in contracts, but they have also taken major steps in the rehabilitation of their image around Boston. For a team as PR-conscious as the Sox, that is a huge step.
While it’s always difficult to see star players leave only to receive prospects in return, a move like this one is certainly worthy of the fans’ enthusiasm. Here are 10 reasons why: