2. Red Sox ship Beckett, Gonzalez, and Crawford to Dodgers
It was one of the biggest trades in the history of earth in terms of dollars.
The Red Sox dealt first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, embattled starter Josh Beckett, rehabbing outfielder Carl Crawford, and utility infielder Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for first baseman James Loney and four prospects.
But this move was all about the money for Boston, which shed more than $250 million in salaries through 2018. The trade also signaled that the Red Sox were more focused on winning in 2013 than 2012.
The centerpiece of the trade for the Dodgers was Gonzalez, a four-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, who was batting .300 with 15 home runs and 86 RBIs in 123 games for the Red Sox before being dealt.
For the Red Sox, ridding themselves of Crawford’s $142 million contract was a major motivator in making the deal, along with moving disgruntled pitcher Josh Beckett. After the 2011 September collapse, reports of Red Sox starters drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse during games surfaced, and Beckett's questionable behavior and lack of success on the mound continued to alienate fans.
"I had an awesome time in Boston. I had some tough times. There are some great people there," Beckett said. "For me, I think it was time to move on and start this new chapter."
Crawford—who battled injuries throughout his time in Boston—hit .282 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 31 games for the Red Sox before being dealt. He was a four-time All-Star with Tampa Bay before signing with Boston.
In addition to the cost savings, the Red Sox hope to see contributions from pitchers Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa, the two prized prospects shipped to Boston in the deal.