LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox have agreed in principal to a blockbuster trade involving nine players, according to Fox Sports.
The Dodgers will send first-baseman James Loney, right-handed pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, right-handed pitcher Allen Webster, outfielders Jerry Sands and infielder Ivan DeJesus to Boston in exchange for first-baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-handed pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility player Nick Punto.
The Dodgers will now be responsible for Gonzalez’s contract of $127 million through 2017, Crawford’s $102.5 million through 2017, and Beckett’s $31.5-million through 2014. The Dodgers will now owe a staggering $261-million to just three players.
Though there has been no official word from the Dodgers, both Loney and Gonzalez were scratched from today’s lineups.
Gonzo, who will play first-base, will now add depth to the heart of the Dodgers line-up along with Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier.
Gonzalez, who was traded by the Padres in 2010, is not hitting as many home runs (18) as fans expected, but he is still hitting for average .300. He also has 86 RBI’s.
Beckett, 32, has 21 starts so far this season and a record of 5-11 with an ERA of 5.23.
Crawford, who had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder on August 20th, is a .288 career hitter. He has a career-low of 3 home runs with 19 RBI’s this season.
De La Rosa, who is coming off Tommy John Surgery, pitched 2/3′s of an inning on Thursday night against the San Francisco Giants. He allowed two earned runs.
The Dodgers are coming off a three-game sweep by the NL West-leading Giants, who lead by three games.