Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports this afternoon that the Dodgers have been awarded a waiver claim on Adrian Gonzalez. That means one of three things can happen now:
1. The Sox withdraw Gonzalez from waivers.
2. The Sox work out a trade with the Dodgers. There is a 48-hour window in which to do that.
3. The Sox simply give Gonzalez’s contract to the Dodgers. Starting in 2013 he has six years and $127 million remaining on his contract.
My guess? The Sox talk about a deal and elect not to do it. But now that they know there is interest, it could lead to a deal in the winter.
UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: Now comes word, via Sean McAdam of Comcast, that the Dodgers also have claimed Josh Beckett.
Beckett can block any sort of deal thanks to his 10-5 rights.
In theory, the Sox could just let Beckett go to the Dodgers. But it’s hard to imagine that the Dodgers would be willing to take Beckett (who has $35 million left on his deal) unless it were part of a bigger deal for Gonzalez.