LOS ANGELES — One year ago today, the Red Sox were on the verge of completing a nine-player trade with the Dodgers that stunned all of baseball.
Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez were sent to Los Angeles for a package of prospects. The new owners of the Dodgers were so eager to prove their credibility that they absorbed $264 million in payroll obligations.
The last-place Red Sox, a sullen bunch of underachievers, suddenly had a bright future. General manager Ben Cherington called it an opportunity to build the franchise’s next great team.
A year later, there are no regrets on either coast. The Red Sox are in first place in the American League East. The Dodgers lead the National League West and have won 45 of their last 55 games Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.