Happy First Anniversary: Dodgers-Red Sox blockbuster trade

Adrian Gonzalez changed addresses last August 25.
Adrian Gonzalez changed addresses last August 25. (USATSI)

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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.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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