Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett appear to be on the move. While the teams have yet to officially announce the trade, barring any medical snafus or no-trade clause invocations, this crazy deal appears to be a crazy done deal.
According to Jon Morosi, the Dodgers have agreed to send the Red Sox James Loney, Allen Webster, Jerry Sands (.303/.380/.533 in AAA Albuquerque), Ivan De Jesus (.282/.277/.559 in two years with the Dodgers), and Rubby De La Rosa ( 3.71 ERA in 13 games in 2011 with 8.9 SO/9; he is fresh off Tommy John surgery) in return for the big three and Nick Punto. Morosi reports the Sox will be moving more than $250 million in salary between Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford. In Webster, Boston gets the second-rated prospect in the Dodgers system and the centerpiece of a failed trade with the Cubs for Ryan Dempster. In 27 games the 22 year old has pitched to a 3.55 ERA, striking out almost nine batters per nine innings.
The Dodgers optioned De La Rosa to Double-A Chattanooga on Friday afternoon, instead of Triple-A Albuquerque as originally announced. 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.
All signs point to Crazy Town. We will update accordingly.
Update 10:07 p.m.: The Dodgers will reportedly pick up more than 95 percent of the salaries acquired from the Red Sox.
Update Sat. August 5, 8:25 a.m.: Jon Heyman joins the fray and reports that both Beckett and Crawford waived their no-trade clauses and Ken Rosenthal has a source that says the trade is "pretty much done."