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Red Sox, Dodgers involved in trade talks

Posted by Robert Burgess  August 24, 2012 06:38 PM

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The Red Sox and Dodgers are involved in trade discussions, according to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.

The Dodgers are interested in Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett, both of whom they claimed on waivers earlier today, according to a major league source.

There have been discussions regarding an expanded deal with both players. The Dodgers have a need for a lefthanded, power-hitting first baseman and to improve their starting pitching, according to Cafardo.

It appears the new owners of the Dodgers, who spent $2 billion on the franchise, are going all out to win the National League West and to compete for a championship.

The Dodgers and Red Sox had discussed a deal for Gonzalez at the July 31 trading deadline, but it did not come to fruition.

Any deal with the Dodgers would have Los Angeles assuming a majority of the players' contracts. Gonzalez is owed approximately $130 million and Beckett is owed $15.7 million for each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Also, a report from ESPNboston.com indicated a deal could include Carl Crawford and Nick Punto, but that rumor has not been confirmed.

Crawford had season-ending Tommy John surgery Thursday.

For more updates on this developing story, check out The Buzz.

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