The only place I've ever seen a trade like this made, yet it happened in real life as Beckett, Crawford, Gonzo, and for some weird reason Nick Punto all get traded to the Dodgers for James Loney and some prospects (some of which are reported to be pretty good).
I get that it needed to happen; Beckett wore out his welcome about 2 years ago and even though I've always liked the guy and probably always will? I get why people are glad he's gone; I'm a fan, but I'm not stupid.
Crawford never got out of the starting blocks with Boston due to injuries and general bad luck, and I hope a move to the West Coast (where he probably wishes he'd gone when the Angels came calling anyway) will do him a world of good.
It's Gonzo I'm really going to miss; a guy in his prime with the sweetest swing since Ted Williams and he played First like he owned it. He's going to mash for the next few years until, like all of us, Father Time finally catches up and he becomes a mere mortal.
Gonna be interesting to see what management does or doesn't do with all that extra money they suddenly have.
One thing you can say for sure; it's never boring in Red Sox Nation.
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