Saturday, August 25, 2012

Happy for Donnie Baseball in Los Angeles

They're goin' goin' back to Cali Cali
The Boston Red Sox have abandoned ship and will most likely not pursue a title run in 2012. They currently sit at 13.5 games out of first place in the American League East. On Saturday morning, a trade was finalized between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Red Sox that will send Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto, and Adrian Gonzalez to the West Coast. Boston will receive pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, first baseman James Loney, and three prospects.

The Dodgers immediately make themselves the favorites to make the World Series in the National League. The biggest part of the deal is the upgrade at first base from Loney to Gonzalez on the offensive and defensive sides of the game. Gonzalez is a native of Southern California and will be making his return to California, since his days as a San Diego Padres. He's got quite the reputation in the National League already.

The deal is just pending the approval from the commissioner's office, but everything seems ready since Nick Punto tweeted a photo of them on the plane headed to Los Angeles.

Magic Johnson is doing some interesting things since taking over as manager. Beckett will bolster the back end of the rotation and he's making the switch from the American League to the National League, so positive results could be easier to come by. Crawford's future with the team will be monitored closely as he comes back from surgery. A lot of money involved in taking on these two risky players.

Don Mattingly should be excited as the Dodgers are making moves reminiscent of the New York Yankees from the George Steinbrenner days.

Update: Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands have been pulled from the Dodger's side of the trade.


De La Rosa was pulled because he would not have cleared majors ... he will be the "player named later".

Not sure about Sands.

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