Red Sox Near Blockbuster Sending Gonzalez, Beckett, Crawford to Dodgers

The Red Sox and Dodgers are closing in on a deal that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers, multiple baseball sources said Friday.

These talks arise at an interesting time, being after the trade deadline, yet would create one of the biggest deals in MLB history.

The Sox struggles have been well documented this season, as the team has had absolutely no chemistry and seems to have a new eye-opening issue arise each week. From Josh Beckett golfing on one of his off-days, to only four players showing up at Johnny Pesky’s funeral this week, this team simply can’t avoid making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

While the Sox would ideally want to keep Gonzalez, the trade would make enough sense as it would send Beckett and Crawford out of Boston. While it seems obvious that Beckett has nothing left to offer to the club, Crawford did show some signs of improvement this season before undergoing Tommy John surgery this week. Despite his recent success, Crawford still hasn’t consistently shown that he is a good fit in Boston, so moving him would not be the end of the world.

The Red Sox would reportedly receive the Dodgers top pitching prospect, Rubby De La Rosa, as well as first baseman James Loney and prospects Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus and Jerry Sands.

Summing up this potential unprecedented deal it is clear that the Sox are looking to cut ties with Josh Beckett and clear up a lot of salary space as well. While Adrian Gonzalez has been anything but an issue for Boston, he is the main piece that will allow the team to dump Crawford’s contract and ship Beckett out of town in the process.

This blockbuster deal could be done as soon as tomorrow, so expect the Red Sox to possibly have a major makeover this week.

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