The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox have pulled off a blockbuster nine-player deal that has Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto packing their bags for Los Angeles.
In return, the Sox will get pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, first baseman James Loney and prospects Ivan De Jesus (infielder), Jerry Sands (outfielder) and an unknown prospect.
Most sportsbooks pulled their futures odds down when news broke of the potential trade Friday. Sportsbook.com moved the Dodgers from 12/1 to 8/1 to win the World Series when the trade was made official Saturday morning. The Red Sox were listed at 75-1 prior to the deal and are now 110/1 to take the Fall Classic.
Giving up Gonzalez is the biggest shocker for the Red Sox, who traded in 2010 to get him. He's in the first year of a 7-year, $154 million deal and the move is largely seen as a salary dump, although the Red Sox have had their fare share of clubhouse controversy over the past two seasons.
Gonzalez leads the team in batting average (.300), RBIs (86), on-base percentage (.343) and hits (145). Those numbers, with the exception of OBP, would also lead the Dodgers among players with at least 388 at bats this season.