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Red Sox Trading Gonzalez, Beckett, Crawford to Dodgers?

Adrian Gonzalez

According to an initial report by ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are discussing a potential groundbreaking blockbuster of a trade which has rumored numerous notable names. The possibility of a trade involving players cleared through waivers could center around Adrian Gonzalez or Josh Beckett, both of whom were claimed by the Dodgers today.

If a deal does indeed go down, it could even include both players and more importantly a large amount of cash sent to the Dodgers, who are loaded with cap room after recently being sold to a group including Magic Johnson.

The deal would a clearcut sign that the organization is prepared to surrender in the 2012 season by moving such key pieces to the roster, however more importantly it’s a sign that the Red Sox are at least interested in completely restructuring the look of the team. When Adrian Gonzalez was acquired from San Diego he was expected to be the strongest hitter in the lineup for years to come, but that hasn’t been the case. Trading him with the appeal of salary space would be a potentially great move with the need for consistent pitching.

Josh Beckett has been one of the key culprits for the ineffectiveness of Boston pitching as of late, and this year the team has attempted traded him earlier before the trading deadline. Moving him would open up flexibility in the rotation for the development of younger pitchers like Felix Doubront and Franklin Morales, as well as give John Lackey space to return in 2013.

The 2012 season has ended for Carl Crawford, but he showed his ability to perform at a higher level than his 2011 campaign before his Tommy John surgery. The outfielder could join both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, who both have signed recent extensions with the Dodgers, creating an incredible outfield trio.

The benefit of moving such big names? Josh Hamilton is a free agent this offseason and with significant salary space the Sox could be in the running to land the outfielder. But more than that, it completely changes the way in which the 2013 season will be perceived by fans, as the next chapter in the history of the Boston Red Sox begins to be written.

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