It's Aug. 25, 2013. Exactly one year ago today, one of the biggest trades in August history went down. The transaction?
Dodgers get: Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto.
Red Sox get: Ivan DeJesus, James Loney, Allen Webster and eventually (players to be named later) Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands.
Franchise-altering deals for both, to be sure. The Dodgers came away with some big talent and plenty of salary commitments while the Red Sox got to clear a ridiculously huge chunk of money from the ledger.
As things stand in 2013, this deal appears to be mutually beneficial. The 76-55 Red Sox are in a virtual tie for first place in the mighty AL East with the Rays while the 76-53 Dodgers have a 9.5 game lead in the NL West.
And, wouldn't you know it, the two clubs play the rubber game of a three-game series in Dodger Stadium Sunday.
Happy Anniversary indeed.