The mega trade that sent four Boston Red Sox players to the Dodgers and that will eventually send five Los Angeles players to Boston has already paid off for both teams. Adrian Gonzalez, the keystone in the trade, homered in his first at bat for the Dodgers and James Loney singled and had an RBI on Sunday in the Red Sox win over the Kansas City Royals.
Dodgers Trying to Win
The Dodgers got some darn good players. Along with Gonzalez, there’s Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto. Both Beckett and Crawford can play roles in helping the Dodgers get to the 2012 playoffs. Los Angeles is within striking distance of first place in the West and a Wild Card berth. With their newfound depth courtesy of the Red Sox, the Dodgers could be in the right place at the right time to be in the 2012 post season.
Red Sox Future
The Red Sox are looking towards the future. Loney is the only Dodger veteran in the trade. The first baseman had an all-important hit on Sunday night in the fifth inning as he toed the game at 4 all. Then Ellsbury drove in the go-ahead run. The 8-6 win included 14 hits by the Sox with Pedro Ciriaco going 3 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Ciriaco had a homer as did Pedroia. But that’s the present and how the trade has affected the team. What about the future?
The Red Sox got two known prospects and will two more at a later date. Usually when a team gets a player or players to be named later, the worth of those guys is contingent upon how well the new players performed for the team that owes the players.
Ivan De Jesus is a short stop who has shown a lot of promise. He was drafted in 2005 and was considered to be a top prospect. That is until 2009 when he broke his leg. Since then the up-and-coming star has had a tough time of it.
Drafted by the Dodgers in the 18th round in 2008, Webster, a 22-year-old righty, has a solid fastball and a good change that stays low. In AA, he gave up 1 homer for every 546 batters he faced. Sounds like someone the Red Sox can use.
When you consider the 2012 Red Sox and what they have not accomplished I think the youth movement is a good idea. How many more will be traded in order to create a new, competitive Red Sox team is hard to say. But one thing seems certain, GM Ben Cherington and the rest of the Red Sox brass seem dedicated to creating another winner.