Red Sox Dump 'Rogue' Players in Dodgers Trade
Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett go to LA in 9-player trade
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2012 1:48 PM CDT
Boston Red Sox's Adrian Gonzalez follows through on a two-run double in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Thursday, June 7, 2012. The Red Sox won 7-0.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(Newser) – The Boston Red Sox removed a locker-room cancer and the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired three star players in a landmark 9-player trade today, USA Today reports. Initially the Dodgers wanted only first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, but the Red Sox added pitcher Josh Beckett, injured outfielder Carl Crawford, and $10 million, reports the LA Times. Gonzalez had led a locker room mutiny thus summer, reports Yahoo, and Beckett was an alleged slacker who facilitated Boston's implosion last season.

With the trade, the Dodgers flexed their new financial muscle and filled a much-needed gap at first base during a heated division race. As for the Red Sox, they acquired first baseman James Loney, two young pitchers, an infielder, and an outfielder. More than $270 million in salaries exchanged sides overall. But it could be "toxic" for both teams, leaving Boston bereft of big bats and LA with bloated salaries, writes Gabe Lacques at USA Today: "Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don't make."

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Ultraworld
Aug 26, 2012 4:27 PM CDT
Getting rid of dead wood is a great mood. What good are stats if the players are trouble makers? It's a cancer that effects the entire team.
BCS
Aug 26, 2012 12:17 AM CDT
Awesome trade for my Red Sox. I feel like i can root for them again. Now they just have to get rid of Lackey and they can rebuild in the off season. If they kept those guys, they would have sucked for 5 years.