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Dodgers, Red Sox Complete Blockbuster Trade

Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers completed one of the biggest trades in Major League Baseball history on Saturday

August 26, 2012- The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers completed one of the biggest trades in Major League Baseball history on Saturday. For the Dodgers it was the largest one in the history of their storied franchise. The team acquired Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto in a deal that sent five Dodger players and prospects to the Red Sox.

The move was an expensive and bold one for the new ownership of the Dodgers. The group now must take on over $262 million of new contracts. Nevertheless, they felt it was important to do, as they are amidst a race to win the National League West division with the San Francisco Giants. Currently the Dodgers are in second place by just two games after they won 6-2 on Saturday night, thanks in part to a three-run home run by the newly acquired Gonzalez.

In the deal, Boston received James Loney along with minor league players Allen Webster and Ivan de Jesus plus two others whose names will be released later, but are expected to be Rubby de la Rosa and Jerry Sands.
With the trade, Gonzalez will play first base and bat fifth behind Matt Kemp. Batting behind Gonzalez will be Andre Ethier who has a hit in 10 consecutive at bats through last night’s game.

Gonzalez, the centerpiece of the entire trade was hitting .300 for the Red Sox when traded with 15 home runs and 86 runs batted in. He owned the second best mark in baseball with runners in scoring position with an average of .398. With the addition of the players on Saturday, the Dodgers have added eight new faces to their lineup in the past month and a half.

Beckett had been frustrated playing for his Boston manager and was just 5-11 on the season and Crawford is out for the season injured.

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