Happy First Anniversary: Dodgers-Red Sox blockbuster trade
On this day last year, the Red Sox sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers.
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.
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