Magic Johnson may be working some of that magic to push the Dodgers toward a World Series.
The blockbuster trade between the Dodgers and the Red Sox will have a huge impact on both clubs, with the impact on the Dodgers most immediate because they are in line for a playoff run.
The deal is as follows: the Red Sox sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for James Loney, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, and Jerry Sands.
When I saw this reported I have to say I was shocked. The Red Sox basically just dumped some of their best talent for nothing. Yeah, prospects are great, but I couldn’t believe the Sox would deal all of these excellent players.
On the flip side, I was astonished the Dodgers were willing to spend $250 million dollars. I am not an LA Dodger fan, but if I was I would be ecstatic.
I know the Nationals are the best team in the National League record-wise, but the Dodgers have added an All-Star 1B in Gonzalez and former All-Stars, albeit underachieving players in Beckett and Crawford, who may flourish with a change of scenery.
[Note: Crawford is, of course, out for the rest of the season after Tommy John surgery; so his impact will have to wait until 2013.]
The Boston clubhouse has been in disarray and many players’ performances have suffered as a result. The Red Sox are not contenders. For their fans’ sakes, hopefully they’ll wise up, fire Valentine, and rebuild.
This may not be going out on a limb, but you have to now assume the Dodgers are the favorite in the National League. This new star power, combined with their already solid lineup and good pitching, puts them in the driver’s seat.
What do you think?