While a blockbuster deal that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers is not done, enough progress has been made that both sides expect some incarnation of the trade to happen.
Gonzalez was pulled from Boston's lineup in Friday night's game against the Kansas City Royals. The details of the proposed trade are the only stumbling block at this point, and they are not insignificant. The teams continue to haggle over the amount of money the Red Sox would send to the Dodgers to offset the $262.5 million in future salaries for the four veterans who would go to Los Angeles as well as the quartet of prospects who would accompany first baseman James Loney to Boston.
Adrian Gonzalez is in the second season of a seven-year, $154 million contract.