The Dodgers and Red Sox pulled off a blockbuster trade on Saturday afternoon that has everyone stunned and amazed the deal got done. Most trades of this magnitude come before the July 31st trade deadline, but these two organizations bucked that trend over the weekend, completing a nine-player deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto, and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles and James Loney, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Jerry Sands and Ivan DeJesus Jr. went to Boston.
Gonzalez hasn’t had the type of season most expected he would in Boston, but he’s been one of the hottest hitters in baseball over the last two months. His three-run homer in his first at-bat in L.A. ignited Dodger fans. The Dodgers play 14 more games at Dodger Stadium and another six in San Francisco and San Diego. But, he could put up strong numbers with three in Colorado and Cincinnati and two in Arizona. Gonzalez is worth emptying your NL-only FAAB if there’s any money left in there.
Beckett had a pretty rough time this year in Boston, posting a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts, and he’s shown no signs of turning things around of late. In his last six starts, Beckett has allowed at least four runs in five of them. The only good news to share with you is that Beckett has done well against NL teams in his career and he’ll benefit from going up against NL West lineups instead of AL East lineups. It’s hard to tell you to spend much FAAB in NL-Only leagues, but we should see Beckett’s performance improve and a big upgrade isn’t impossible.
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