The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have officially finalized the deal that will send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to L.A., according to Dylan Hernandez and Jon Heyman.
The Red Sox will receive a package headed by pitching prospects Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, and also includes James Loney, Jerry Sands and Ivan De Jesus. It is a fairly strong return for Boston, who is thrilled about their new-found financially flexibility, according to club chairman Tom Werner (via ESPN Boston).
"Hopefully this deal will go through today," Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said Saturday morning. "If it falls into place, the deal sheds us from tens of millions of dollars of long-term commitments. It gets us great prospects who will improve our major league roster as soon as next year. It brings us a player in James Loney who was 'untouchable' a couple of years ago. It allows us to start over with free agents. We want to win for our fans and we now have huge financial flexibility to improve the team."
Gonzalez, Beckett and Punto are on their way to Los Angeles as we speak, according to Heyman's tweet.