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Starting over: Red Sox officially trade Crawford, Gonzalez, Punto, and Beckett to the Dodgers

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Boston Red Sox were once one of the best teams in baseball earlier this decade. However, for the past two years, there has been in-fighting that has caused many problems within the team.

The Red Sox, who are guided by Bobby Valentine, who is managing in the Majors for the first time in a decade, has decided to trade away many of its best players.

Former Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez celebrates with Mike Aviles after Aviles scored on a double by Carl Crawford during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians
Adrian Gonzalez celebrates with Mike Aviles after Aviles scored on a double by Carl Crawford during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Red Sox has given first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hand pitcher Josh Beckett, injured left fielder Carl Crawford, and infielder Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are saving the Red Sox $250 million in salary commitments through the 2018 season.

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The deal was first talked about on Friday night but has become official this morning. In exchange, the Red Sox receive James Loney, who has been struggling lately, and four top prospects.

The four prospects include right-hand pitchers Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, outfielder Jerry Sands, and second baseman Ivan DeJesus. De La Rosa and Webster are the Dodgers No. 1 and No. 2 pitching prospects.

This was the first major trade by Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington, who took over for former GM Theo Epstein this off-season. Epstein decided to join the Chicago Cubs organization.

Both Gonzalez and Crawford were a part of Epstein’s 2010 off-season moves, which many have considered a bust now. At that time, Crawford signed a seven-year, $142 million free-agent deal.

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Gonzalez signed a seven-year, $154 million deal after being acquired from the San Diego Padres for two top prospects.

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This season, Crawford has just played in 31 games and just had Tommy John surgery. Last season, he missed 30 games with a variety of injuries.

Before the trade, Beckett was 5-11 in 21 starts this season. He had a 4.65 ERA in 127 1/3 innings.

González had a .300 batting average before being dealt in this deal. He had 15 home runs and 86 RBIs in 123 games.

Punto has a .200 batting average in 65 games. He had one home run and 10 RBIs in 125 at-bats.

Loney, who spent his entire career with the Dodgers before the trade, has a .254 batting average in 114 games. He has four home runs and 33 RBIs on the season.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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