The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have completed one of the biggest trades in the history of Major League Baseball. How big? It would not be absurd to say the financial impact could eventually be as significant as thesale of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees following the 1919 season, which ignited the rise of the Bronx Bombers into the most valuable and profitable team in the history of Major League Baseball.
The Red Sox are sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, injured outfield Carl Crawford, utility-man Nick Punto and $12 million of billionaire ownerJohn Henry‘s cash to the Dodgers for first baseman James Loney and four youngsters: pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, middle infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and utility-man Jerry Sands. The trade shifts about a quarter billion dollarsof guaranteed payroll from the Red Sox to the Dodgers, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.