Multiple media outlets reported late Friday afternoon that the Los Angeles Dodgers are close to acquiring first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility player Nick Punto from the Boston Red Sox for four minor league prospects and maybe cash.
The Los Angeles Times and ESPN Boston reported earlier in the day that the Dodgers claimed Gonzalez on waivers. Then, it was later reported that Beckett had also been claimed by the Dodgers. That fueled reports that the two teams were working on a multiple-player trade. The Red Sox can pull the players off waivers if a deal is not consummated.
The Times reported that the Dodgers would send right-handed minor league pitchers Allen Webster, Zach Lee and Robby De La Rosa and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands to the Red Sox.
The Red Sox might also send cash to pay some of the salaries of Gonzalez, Beckett, Crawford and Punto. Otherwise, the Dodgers would absorb more than $262 million in the players' contracts, according to ESPN.com. Gonzalez has $130 million left on his contract after this season, Beckett is due to make $15.75 million next year, Crawford is owed more than $100 million after this season and Punto's contract is worth $1.5 million next year. That does not include the salaries of the players for the remainder of this season.
Gonzalez leads the Red Sox in batting average, RBI, hits and on-base percentage. Beckett has struggled at 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA. Crawford has been plagued by injuries the past two seasons and is having Tommy John surgery on his ailing shoulder.