So, we are all waiting on the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers as a blockbuster could go down in the near future.
However, if you look at all of the various sources, no one is quite sure what this deal is going to look like.
According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, there are really two trades on the table right now. One of them involves first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and starting pitcher Josh Beckett moving to Los Angeles while the other version of this trade includes those two players along with highly talented yet injury prone outfielder Carl Crawford.
The second story was elaborated on earlier in the day by Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston. He cited those three players along with super utility man Nick Punto going to Los Angeles. This story seems to have a little bit more behind it because later tonight, Alex Speier of WEEI mentioned the fact that Gonzalez and Punto were called into the clubhouse for a meeting.
According to Edes again, another major package would be heading back towards Boston. Right now, the package looks like first baseman James Loney, outfielder Jerry Sands, infielder Ivan DeJesus, pitcher Rubby De La Rosa and a “top prospect.”
As far as that prospect, it would obviously be someone pretty impressive, and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweeted that pitching prospects Zach Lee and Allen Webster had come up in trade talks. Obviously, neither one was guaranteed to be either leaving or safe, but at least their names were on the table at some point during the conversation. Also, there is no way that both of them would going at the same time. Either one or none of them would be on the move.
Keep your eyes open on this story. If this trade goes down, especially in the nine-player format, it could reshape all of baseball. Los Angeles would have even more star power than they already have, and imagine what could happen if all of them instantaneously play up to their potential?
I’m not saying that that is likely, but you have to admit that it is kind of fun to think about.