It's being reported both Adrian Gonzalez and the Dodger's James Loney are being held out of their respective lineups tonight. That's certainly not a coincidence.
Expect reports of this deal being completed to be rolling in shortly.
The Dodgers and Red Sox are closing in on a deal that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles, though a few hurdles remain before it's official, multiple baseball sources said Friday.
Pitcher Rubby De La Rosa will be headed back to Boston as the centerpiece of the deal, sources say. De La Rosa made his first major league appearance of the season Wednesday, having had Tommy John surgery about 13 months ago. Also included are first baseman James Loney and prospects Ivan De Jesus (infielder) and Jerry Sands (outfielder), according to sources, plus another top prospect that is still unknown.
The Dodgers optioned De La Rosa to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday afternoon. Gonzalez was scratched prior to Friday's game and summoned to the clubhouse, along with Punto. Loney was a scratch as well, and was called to manager Don Mattingly's office.
I'm suffering a bit of shell-shock, so I'll refrain from commenting on this for right now... other than to say what the rest of you have been thinking all afternoon. Is it worth losing Gonzalez just to be able to dump Beckett and Crawford?
That question won't be answered for some time, but we all wanted a major overhaul of this team.... be careful what you wish for.