The Los Angeles Dodgers quest to solidify a playoff spot continues, as the team has placed (and won) a waivers claim for 1B Adrian Gonzalez and starting pitcher Josh Beckett, both current disgruntled members of the Boston Red Sox.
By claiming the two players, the Dodgers can open up trade talks with the Red Sox to acquire either player, both, or more. According to reports, the Dodgers and Red Sox are working on a trade that would send Gonzalez, Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to L.A., presumably for prospects. Beckett can reject a trade to the Dodgers if he wishes.
Boston signed Gonzalez to a 7-year, $154 million contract extension last year after acquiring him from the Padres in a trade during the 2010 off-season. If the Dodgers are able to land Gonzalez, he would be a huge upgrade at first base for Los Angeles. Long-time starter James Loney has never lived up to potential and his replacement Juan Rivera, an outfielder by trade; has struggled to produce consistent offense.
The Red Sox have 48 hours to either work out a trade with the Dodgers, withdraw their waiver claims or simply allow the Dodgers to take Gonzalez and Beckett’s salaries outright. The Dodgers are currently 3 games behind San Francisco in the NL West after being swept by the Giants in Los Angeles.