The blockbuster deal that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers for five players needs to be finalized in a few ways before it’s announced.
1. The money: The Red Sox would love to have the Dodgers assume the remainder of Josh Beckett’s, Carl Crawford’s, and Adrian Gonzalez’s contracts, but it won’t work that way. Boston will have to eat some money. How much is one of the issues that’s being resolved and then it has to be approved by MLB.
2. The players: The five players being mentioned as coming to Boston as first reported by ESPNBoston were infielder Ivan DeJesus, OF/1B Jerry Sands, RHP’s Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, and first baseman James Loney.
De La Rosa was claimed on waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, therefore he did not clear waivers. He was pulled back by the Dodgers and optioned to the minors. It appears that De La Rosa, who is the prize player in the deal, won’t be able to change teams until this offseason. We’ll see how the teams handle this situation.
3. Josh Beckett’s 10-5 rights: Beckett has the right to refuse a deal. So the Sox have to get his approval to be traded to LA. It doesn’t appear Beckett would refuse, but it’s not yet a certainty.
4. Review of medical records: It appears the Dodgers would have to be assured Crawford could make it back in reasonable time next season so they can have their Crawford-Matt Kemp-Andre Ethier outfield.
De La Rosa, 23, is coming off Tommy John surgery but the Red Sox watched him pitch Aug. 22 against San Francisco and his velocity was 96 miles per hour.