The Red Sox are talking with the Dodgers about a deal that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles, according to a source. Their season spiraling downward at a rapid pace of late, the Red Sox could be on the verge of a blockbuster trade that would give them significant financial flexibility going forward. ESPNBoston.com first reported the trade discussions between the two teams. Earlier on Friday, MLB.com confirmed that the Dodgers were awarded a waiver claim on star first baseman Gonzalez. Later in the day, CSNNE.com reported that the Dodgers were also awarded a claim on the underachieving Beckett, and MLB.com confirmed that as accurate. When a team is awarded a player on waivers, they have 48 hours to work out a trade. That would give the Red Sox and Dodgers until early Sunday afternoon to work out a deal. Crawford and Punto both cleared waivers and can be dealt to any team. Gonzalez, who was scratched from Friday night's lineup against the Royals, had no interest in talking about the trade speculation before the game. "Waiver-claim questions? Not talking about that," Gonzalez said. ESPNBoston.com reported that pitcher Rubby De La Rosa would be headed back to the Red Sox as the "the centerpiece of the deal." De La Rosa is coming off Tommy John surgery. The Red Sox would get Major League first baseman James Loney -- who was scratched from Friday's game against the Marlins -- as well as prospects Ivan De Jesus (infielder) and Jerry Sands (outfielder), according to ESPNBoston.com. The website reported there were still hurdles to be worked out.
Dodgers, Red Sox talking blockbuster
MLB.com | Aug 24