There wasn’t a whole lot of action by the Red Sox for the July 31 trade deadline, but general manager Ben Cherington has completed a blockbuster trade before the Aug. 31 waiver wire deadline. In the proposed trade, the Red Sox dumped a significant amount of money to the Dodgers, as they look to make a run at the postseason.
The Red Sox-Dodgers blockbuster deal was completed Saturday morning, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo confirmed. Here’s an overview of the trade.
Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Carl Crawford (LF), Josh Beckett (RHP), Nick Punto (INF)
Red Sox receive
Rubby De La Rosa (RHP), James Loney (1B), Allen Webster (RHP), Ivan De Jesus (INF), Jerry Sands (OF)
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
2012 Salary: $21 million
Gonzalez got off to a slow start and hasn’t produced the power numbers the Red Sox expected of him, but he has still produced (86 RBIs) and hit for average (.300). The Dodgers pursued Gonzalez late at the July 31 trade deadline but could not complete a deal.
Carl Crawford, OF
2012 Salary: $19.5 million
Crawford’s two-year stint in Boston was one to forget. He hit .255 last season, which was 52 points lower than the year before with the Rays, and stole 23 bases in the last two seasons, which is less than half of the 47 bases he stole in 2010.
Josh Beckett, RHP
2012 Salary: $15.75 million
Beckett was at the center of the Red Sox’ historic “chicken and beer” collapse last season and has underperformed in 2012. He is currently 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA. Last year he was an All-Star with a 2.89 ERA.
Nick Punto, INF
2012 Salary: $1.5 million
Punto is not one of the key players in this deal, but provides the Dodgers with versatility on defense. In his career, he has played every position except catcher with most of his experience coming at second base, third base and shorstop. Punto is hitting .200 in 125 at-bats in his first season in Boston.
James Loney, 1B
2012 Salary: $6.375 million
Loney is having a down season for the Dodgers, hitting .254 with four home runs and 33 RBIs. The 28-year-old is a career .284 hitter who has driven in at least 60 runs in each of the last five seasons.
Rubby De La Rosa, RHP
2012 Salary: $482,500
De La Rosa was once thought to be an untouchable chip in the Dodgers system. He has recently recovered from Tommy John surgery and pitched in his frst game of the season Aug. 22. The 23-year-old made his major league debut last season, going 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 60 2/3 innings pitched.
Allen Webster, RHP
2012 Salary: Minor league
Webster, a 22-year-old pitching prospect who was ranked the No. 95 prospect by Baseball America prior to 2012, is pitching for the Dodgers’ double-A team this year. He is 6-8 with a 3.55 ERA and has 117 strikeouts in 121 2/3 innings.
Ivan De Jesus, INF
2012 Salary: 480,500
De Jesus made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 2011 and has played 23 games for the Dodgers in 2012, hitting .273 with four RBIs. He is currently with triple-A Albuquerque, hitting .295 with three home runs and 33 RBIs.
Jerry Sands, OF
2012 Salary: Minor league
Sands, a 24-year-old, has five years of minor league experience and has been with the Dodgers’ triple-A club since last season. He is hitting .303 with 24 home runs and 101 RBIs. He made his major league debut in 2011 and has played in nine games with the Dodgers in 2012, hitting .174.