Adrian Gonzalez is on his way to Los Angeles, and is expected to play first base Saturday night.
The Dodgers and Red Sox have completed their massive nine-player trade, with more than $260 million in future salaries headed to Los Angeles per Dylan Hernandez and Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times., with Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reporting that only Bud Selig's approval awaits.
The deal has not been announced yet by either team, but here are the details:
Gonzalez, Beckett, and Punto are expected to arrive in Los Angeles later Saturday, and Gonzalez is expected to be in the Dodgers' lineup tonight, at least according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
With 40 days left in the season, here is an approximation of the 2012 salaries remaining for major league players in the deal:
- Gonzalez ($21 million for the season): $4,590,164
- Crawford ($19.5 million): $4,262,295
- Beckett ($15.75 million): $3,442,623
- Punto ($1.5 million): $327,869
- Loney ($6.375 million): $1,393,443
So the Dodgers are adding roughly $11 million in salary for the rest of this season alone.
The corresponding roster moves the Dodgers need to make will depend on just how many of De La Rosa, Sands, and De Jesus are technically players to be named later. Assuming that De La Rosa and Sands are PTBNL, the Dodgers can clear three spots on the 40-man roster with the trade of Loney and De Jesus and the transfer of Jerry Hairston Jr. to the 60-day disabled list.
That would open up three spots on the 40-man for Gonzalez, Beckett, and Punto, with Crawford not needing a spot while on the 60-day disabled list.
The Dodgers will need to make two moves to clear space on the active roster, however. Gonzalez will replace Loney, and it seems logical that Alex Castellanos could be optioned to make room for Punto. The move for Beckett could depend on the health of Chad Billingsley, who has inflammation in his right elbow. Either Billingsley could hit the DL, or perhaps Shawn Tolleson could head to Albuquerque, with both Castellanos and Tolleson returning in early September.